Monday, March 17, 2008

An Egg is Quiet.

I have faith that spring is coming despite the seven-foot snow piles in my front yard. I have been here before ... in that limbo of a March in Maine ... where the sun shines but the snow continues to fall. I know that in just a couple of weeks, I will be "enjoying" mud puddles that are often twelve feet in diameter and at least six inches deep. I will be watching (and hearing) all my bird friends return to their spring/summer feeding and breeding grounds. My chickens will begin frolicking in the grass and laying fresh eggs. And Isaac and I will be outside WAY more than we are in.

With spring fever (and we DO get spring fever around here ... big time) fast approaching, I have been pulling out some of my recent "spring" book purchases for all to enjoy. And I SO have a favorite this year: An Egg is Quiet by Diana Aston and Sylvia Long. This book may go down as my favorite non-fiction picture book of all time. Perhaps it is because I am so enamored with eggs in general ... perhaps it is the amazing illustrations ... or perhaps it is the simple way that this book conveys so much knowledge and wonder. Any which way, it is a wonderful way to learn and appreciate the way that so much of life is created and nurtured through "eggs".

You can visit here to learn more about this book, but I wanted to share some of the incredible illustrations here as well:

This book inspires me in so many ways. Each time I look through it, I get especially excited about letting my hens hatch out some of their own chicks this year. It has been a while since we have done so. And I look forward to sharing the wonder and beauty of this experience with Isaac.

I hope you are all finding your own special ways to welcome (or summon) in spring this year.




bettyninja said...

Those are amazing illustrations. Really beautiful

Alexis said...

That looks like a great book, I'll have to check it out. By the way, do you have any recommendations for a book to get started on raising chickens? I've been wanting to but I need a book first... Thanks, here's to Spring coming your way real soon.

Jodi Renshaw said...

Yes, I do have recommendations for Chicken Care books. In fact, I planned on selling some of my Chicken book collection on Ebay, as we are moving, and I pretty much know what I am doing with my chickens now :) They have survived me this long anyway :) So, I will let you know when I part with them. Perhaps you may want them. Raising chickens is WONDERFUL!


meg said...

beautiful book! thanks for sharing.