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Two eggs, please
Weeks, Sarah.
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First edition.
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New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2003]

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1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 22 x 27 cm
A look at the many different ways to prepare the very same food, as everyone in a diner orders eggs.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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Eggs, eggs, eggs -- everyone wants eggs! But do they want the same kinds of eggs? NO! Some prefer scrambled, some like fried, and some even want them raw.
The only thing the hungry customers at this bustling diner seem to have in common is a desire for "TWO EGGS, PLEASE!"
At the heart of this clever new look at similarities and differences by acclaimed author Sarah Weeks and Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator Betsy Lewin is an age-old truth -- it's what's inside that counts.

Author Notes

Sarah weeks was born March 18, 1955 in Ann Arbor Michigan. She received her BA from Hampshire College and her MFA from New York University. Sarah is the author of numerous best-selling children's books including Glamourpuss, Woof!: A Love Story, Sophie Peterman Tells the Truth, If I Were a Lion, the hilarious Mrs. McNosh series, and many more.

Sarah's book, So B. It, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2015.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this witty and wise book "two eggs," served in diverse ways, become a metaphor for how much individuals have in common, no matter what their tastes. Late one night in a diner, a slender orange fox awaits her customers. In the opening wordless spread, readers observe the first customer arriving in his yellow taxi. In the next, the rhino cabbie orders ("Two eggs please. Sunny-side up"), followed by a rat musician carrying a double bass and sporting a tux ("Two eggs, please. Over easy"). The long counter fills up: a stork in green scrubs prefers "Scrambled," and a green alligator with a pierced nose and his pet boa constrictor orders for both-"Poached. My friend here would like a couple of raw ones." Although the customers do not chat, they steal glances at each other. Thought bubbles reveal their shared observation: "Different." This motif repeats as the ursine chef holds up a white and a brown egg in one paw ("Different"), then cracks them into a dish ("The same"). When the waitress calls, "Two eggs coming up!", she addresses everyone in the place. Yet in the closing spread, the customers eat their two eggs in peace, side by side. Readers must reach their own understanding. Weeks (Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash) uses repetitive but not monotonous language; Lewin works in the loose lines of her Click, Clack, Moo and reinforces the main point in expressive watercolors. Even the typefaces, which change with each customer, call attention to the coexistence of individuality and community. At this city diner, readers of all persuasions get food for thought. Ages 3-6. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Weeks and Lewin do a superb job of exploring the concept of things being different and the same. The setting is a busy diner at breakfast time, where personified animals request two eggs prepared in different manners. The customers include a rhino, a mouse, a pelican, two canine cops, a gorilla and her baby, a ram, and a crocodile with a snake. Each one is rendered in the artist's distinctive and amusing watercolor cartoons, created with an economy of line and an abundance of personality. The "foxy" waitress and a big bear of a cook round out the charming and identifiable cast. A thoroughly delightful treat for both early readers and young listeners.-Donna Marie Wagner, Exeter Community Library, Reading, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.