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Daisy and the egg = Daixi he bao bei dan
Simmons, Jane.
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Daisy and the egg. Chinese&English
First English-Chinese dual language edition.
Publication Information:
London : Milet, 2000.
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1 volume : color illustrations ; 27 cm
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CHINESE PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Foreign Language

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Ages 0 and over.

Author Notes

Jane Simmons studied illustration at Anglia University, Cambridge, where her talent was recognized with several awards, including the Association of Illustrators Images 20 Student Prize in 1995.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-5. Here's a companion to Come Along, Daisy, Booklist's Top of the List picture book for 1998. Daisy watches while her aunt sits on four eggs, three of her own and one belonging to Daisy's mother. Siblings who have waited for a younger brother or sister to appear will understand this can be a tedious process. Finally, Aunt Buttercup's babies hatch, but the last egg remains unbroken. Daisy decides to sit on it herself. Her patience is rewarded when baby duckling Pip appears on the scene. Kids (and perhaps adults, too) may wonder why Mama Duck doesn't sit on her own egg, and why later she leaves the task to little Daisy, who is, after all, only a duckling herself. Although the text is not as strong as one might have wished for Daisy's new adventure, the artwork once again is bold and sassy; and unusual perspectives add to the sense children will have of getting a bird's-eye view of the proceedings. Especially appealing is the dust jacket picture featuring an endearing little duckling and her egg. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this sequel to Come Along, Daisy!, the winsome duckling is eagerly awaiting a sibling: Aunt Buttercup is sitting on an egg of Mama's as well as three of her own. But even after Daisy's cousins make their unprepossessing appearance ("Yuck! He's all wet!" Daisy exclaims when the first one hatches), Mama's egg remains intact. Daisy takes on the task of keeping it warm and is eventually rewarded: with a "Pip! Pip! Pip!" her younger brother struggles from his shell. Simmons's softly hued marsh is an uncommonly inviting venue, rendered in perspectives that suggest both the expansiveness of nature (Mama and Daisy rush across an open stretch of water toward Aunt Buttercup) and the intimacy of family life (reeds and cattails provide a cozy enclosure for the eggs and the drama of their hatching). And Daisy's engaging energy, optimism and affection shine through her actions, expressions and very posture. However, at points Mama seems oddly detached from her own egg ("Some eggs just don't hatch," she says casually, agreeing to join Daisy's vigil only "until morning")-a discordant note that diminishes the tale's overall childlike sensibility and warmth. Ages 3-7. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-A disappointing follow-up to Come along, Daisy! (Little, Brown, 1998). Daisy's Aunt Buttercup is sitting on four eggs-three of her own white ones and "Mama's green one." Every day, Daisy takes her aunt food and checks on the eggs, putting her ear against the shells to listen to the chicks tapping inside. Before long, her cousins emerge, but the green egg remains intact. Mama Duck explains, "Some eggs just don't hatch," and encourages Daisy to leave it alone and go play, but the young duck refuses to abandon it. Finally, Mama returns and promises Daisy, "We'll sit together until morning." As the sun rises, they welcome Daisy's new brother. Simmons once again creates a lush pond environment filled with sparkling blues and greens. The tall grass makes a cozy home for the ducks and the angulation of the blades focuses the eye and provides an intimate setting for the nest scenes. Unfortunately, while the story captures Daisy's anticipation and excitement about a new sibling, it also raises many disturbing questions. Children will wonder why Mama Duck does not sit on her own egg, why it is green, and why she so nonchalantly gives up on it when it does not hatch. Unlike Come along, Daisy, which successfully mixes a little adventure with a reassuring message, this book only mixes messages.-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.