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Odd Egg {what we’re reading}

03/06/2014

It started with a creak on the stairs, then a little “umph”, and then as I sat in my nice warm, soothing, supposedly-Mummy-only bath, a little smiling face appeared around the corner of the bathroom door.  It’s owner followed and waddled over to inspect my bathing arrangements.

“Mummee” said Elma with what could only be a mixture of elation at seeing me, and a slight concern about the state of the bath.  Why were there all these bubbles, where was the pirate ship, and the submariner, and the little dinghy that always capsizes and sinks?  She knew she had to rectify the situation, and that meant starting with with most important.

“Duck!” she said firmly. “Duck”, and launched her favourite, a big yellow chap with a stripy rubber ring, in among the suds.

It’s one of her clearest and earliest words, and so I’ll admit we’ve taken to looking through the bookshelves for anything with a duck in it, just to hear her exclaim “duck! quack quack!” every time she spots one on a page.  And so we unearthed this little treasure.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - What we're Reading - The Odd Egg

It was originally a present for Kitty when she was really quite tiny, and as at the time she was more taken with other things it was shelved and I think largely overlooked until our duck hunt.  And now I can’t really work out why.

Not only is the duck on just about every page, making it beloved of Elma, but the story is so funny and sweet that it’s hooked Kitty in as well.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - What we're Reading - The Odd Egg

Poor little duck, all the other birds have laid an egg and he’s feeling a bit left out, until he finds the most beautiful (and possibly the largest) egg in the whole wide world.  The other birds might not go for it, but he thinks it’s awesome, and promptly adopts it.

One by one (with some awesome cascade pages revealing the new baby birds with each page turn) each of the eggs hatch, all apart from Duck’s.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - What we're Reading - The Odd Egg

Still, he can be patient and he settles down with a bit of knitting to wait.

 

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - What we're Reading - The Odd Egg

 

And wait!

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - What we're Reading - The Odd Egg

And that’s a serious amount of scarf he’s got going on there, to say nothing of the booties all ready and waiting!

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - What we're Reading - The Odd Egg

At last the moment comes, and they all gather around to find out what sort of bird could be in such an extraordinary egg, and it’s a …

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - What we're Reading - The Odd Egg

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - What we're Reading - The Odd Egg

I love that despite the rather surprising start, Duck’s still got his charge in the scarf and booties – you just can’t beat hand knits!

 

Space for the Butterflies: What We're Reading

 Vickie‘s little girl has been indulging her love of birds, and hunting for a whole load of other things in Toddler Hide and Seek (which unbelievable appears to have displaced Toddle Waddle as current favourite; and Claire has been playing around with personalised books; if her little one is anything like Kitty she’s going to love the fact that her Peppa Pig book has her name in it!  And if you have a favourite, or just something fun your little ones have enjoyed reading lately please do join us. The linky is always open for the whole week so there’s plenty of time. And so, without further ado, it’s over to you to tell me what we should be reading!


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  • preeta samarasan 03/06/2014 at 9:03 am

    We love Emily Gravett too! Apple, Pear, Orange, Bear, is a big hit in our house. When you get to the stage of reading chapter books to Kitty, you must check out The Cuckoo Child by Dick King-Smith (author of The Sheep Pig, on which the movie Babe was based). It’s the delightful tale of an ostrich hatched and raised by geese, and Dick King-Smith writes about animals as only one who grew up on farms could possibly write 🙂 . The picture of Duck knitting also reminded me of Borka by John Burningham, another very sweet tale (not a chapter book, but in between — it’s a picture book with more words than The Odd Egg).

    • Carie 03/06/2014 at 9:49 pm

      Oh thank you for the top tip – I’ll add that to the future reads list – it sounds amazing!

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 05/06/2014 at 12:17 am

    Looks like a cute story… I think when birthdays are approaching, I’ll just have to head over here and make a list of all these fabulous books!

    • Carie 05/06/2014 at 7:15 am

      Oh it’s such a cute story! I need to update the Pinterest board but that’s got all of everyone’s stories on it so it’s a pretty good birthday list resource!

  • Vickie 06/06/2014 at 10:12 am

    We’ve read this one too and it’s such fun. Another brilliant Emily Gravett book is Again! It’s the tale of a little dragon who wants to his story book read over and over again and is rather miffed when it isn’t.

    • Carie 07/06/2014 at 7:33 am

      I’ve seen Again at the library and thought it was brilliant – although Kitty wasn’t too bothered at the time so we didn’t bring it home, perhaps it’s time to try it again!