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Two Speckled Eggs

Two Speckled Eggs

Spring 2014 Picture Books
Ages: 5 - 8 yrs.
Author: Jennifer K. Mann
Illustrator: Jennifer K. Mann
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763661687
Hardcover Price: $14.99

"No one else carried a magnifying glass in her pocket or made bird's nests for birthday presents….Except Lyla Browning." Lyla isn't like the other girls in Ginger's class. "She smelled like old leaves" and brought a tarantula for show-and-tell. But if Ginger was going to invite all the girls in her class to her birthday party, she had to invite Lyla, too. All or none, says her mom. What happens at the party shows Ginger what friendship really means and that being different isn't "weird" at all. This charming picture book by first-time author Jennifer K. Mann imparts a gentle, unpreachy lesson in appreciating others for who they are, differences and all, a lesson perfectly captured in the text and in Mann's delicately quirky pencil, gouache and digital collage illustrations.

Lynne Heffley   ©2014 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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