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TILLIE LAYS AN EGG

Author: Terry Golson

Illustrator: Ben Fink, photographer

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Publisher: Scholastic Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Tillie, a hen, lives on a farm. The other hens lay their eggs in their nesting boxes but Tillie decides to lay her eggs in other places. Each day she goes out and explores a different place. She lays an egg on the porch, in the kitchen, in the laundry room, even on a truck. The reader has to help find the eggs in the photograph. This photo-illustrated book engages readers by asking them to find Tillie's eggs.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, interactive reading

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 7; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 2

Age of Child: Read with a 5-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter picked this book because she liked the name Tillie. She liked that the pictures where of real chickens on a real farm. She was very excited to find the eggs in each picture. She also commented that it was funny to see a hen lay her eggs wherever she wanted.

Adult Reader Reaction: This book was educational yet fun. There are several layers to the book. You can enjoy the story and the seek-and-find elements, or you can expand your reading by talking about the different parts of the farm. I was surprised at how much my daughter enjoyed it. She even laughed a few times at the places the hen laid the eggs.

Pros: This book offers great photography in a story for interactive reading.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. Libraries should have this book available as it shows real hens in their natural living conditions

If You Liked This Book, Try: BARRINGTON BEAR VISITS THE EMPEROR -The Emperor Penguin That Is (Travels with Barrington Bear Series)   A HOME FOR DIXIE; THE TRUE STORY OF A RESCUED PUPPY   SNEEZE!

Educational Themes: This is a book you can enjoy for the story, or you can explore a farm and how a hen lays eggs. Given that Tillie lays eggs in different places, you can also do some counting.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, interactive learning, counting

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2009

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