January 21, 2014
What Will Hatch by Jennifer Ward, Illustrated by Susie Ghahremani
What Will Hatch
by Jennifer Ward,
Illustrated by Susie Ghahremani
Walker Books for Young Readers
Eggs come in all shapes and sizes. They can be found in all kinds of places — in nests, in gel underwater, on the undersides of leaves and even on top of Dad’s feet. Just as varied is what will emerge once the egg hatches.
Ward’s text is super simple. On one spread, the reader encounters a question such as “Yellow, tiny. What will hatch?” Once the page is turned — the answer.
It may seem a bit simple but the execution is really clever. Ward uses her ultra-brief text to introduce young readers to animals from all kinds of ecosystems from all over the world. The cast of characters includes sea turtles and crocodiles as well as robins and platypuses.
Illustrator Susie Ghahremani makes use paper engineering in a unique way. Each image of eggs includes cut outs but there cut outs aren’t terribly obvious. Why? Because the background that you see through the cut out is the correct color for each egg. When the reader turns the page, the hole is again worked into the illustration.
The back matter includes a bit more information on each animal including time in the egg as well as information about mom and dad and any siblings. There is also a timeline of sorts showing a chicken’s developmental stages within the egg.
This isn’t an in-depth look at eggs or oviparous (egg-laying) animals but it is a fun introduction for the toddler or preschool reader in your life.