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 Peep and Egg : I'm not hatching (Peep and Egg)
 Author: Gehl, Laura

 Publisher:  Farrar Straus Giroux (2016)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [33] p., col. ill., 23 cm.

 BTSB No: 372822 ISBN: 9780374301217
 Ages: 2-6 Grades: K-1

 Chickens -- Fiction
 Eggs -- Fiction
 Sisters -- Fiction
 Birth -- Fiction
 Fear -- Fiction

Price: $21.38

[#1] Peep can't wait for Egg to hatch. They will have so much fun together! But Egg isn't quite ready yet.

 Illustrator: Wan, Joyce
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 1.50
   Points: .5   Quiz: 186848

   Kirkus Reviews (11/01/15)
   School Library Journal (02/01/16)
   Booklist (02/01/16)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 02/01/2016 Peep can’t wait until her friend Egg hatches, so she tries to entice her with exciting plans. “We can watch the sunrise from the roof of the henhouse,” Peep suggests. But Egg is reticent: “Too high . . . I’m not hatching.” For each of Peep’s plans, Egg always has an excuse or justification, punctuating her point with a repeated “I’m not hatching.” With every negative comment from her friend, Peep grows increasingly annoyed—her unmistakable facial expressions are marvelously rendered in Wan’s ­cartoonish, thick-lined illustrations—but when Peep decides to leave Egg alone, Egg decides it’s better to come out of her shell. Gehl’s use of hatching as a metaphor is a great choice for the story, particularly for little ones feeling shy themselves. Her short sentences, along with the predictable plot and repeated refrain, make this a great read-aloud, particularly in concert with Wan’s bold, eye-catching, large-format artwork. Kids will get a kick out of Peep and Egg’s hilarious antics, and adults will be grateful for the breezy introduction to conversations about fears. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 02/01/2016 PreS-K—Peep, an adorable baby chick, can barely wait for Egg to hatch. Egg, however, is hesitant. In fact, Egg is so fearful that he has decided not to hatch at all. In an attempt to lure her anxious friend out of his shell, Peep begins describing all the things they can do together. When she tells Egg they can watch the sunrise from the roof of the henhouse, Egg informs her that the roof is too high. When she suggests splashing in puddles, Egg drolly replies, "Too wet." Each entreaty is illustrated with an exuberant Peep wreathed in smiles and a very dour Egg looking put upon. The tide turns, however, when Peep leaves without reading Egg a story. He is so desirous of one that he hatches, and the book concludes with the two of them on the roof of the henhouse happily reading, albeit with Egg sporting a helmet in case of a fall! Charmingly illustrated by Wan with bold strokes and spot-on facial expressions, this picture book is delightful. Gehl has created an appealing duo with the enthusiastic Peep and the lovably neurotic Egg. The constant refrain of "I'm not hatching" will be a winner at storytime. VERDICT A clever way to demonstrate overcoming one's fears.—Amy Nolan, St. Joseph Public Library, St. Joseph, MI - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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