This is a Caldecott Honor Book and a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book. I am drawn to this book, because the simple life cycle concepts and great illustrations. The illustrations appear to be oil paint on canvas. Not only are the colors really vibrant and attractive, but cut outs on the page create additional visual interest.
The book starts with “First the Egg” and on the next page “then the Chicken”. Each life cycle covers three stages, so we start with the egg, then then chick, then the chicken. The book goes on to include frogs, flowers and butterflies. I like the page that turns words into stories and paint into pictures. The final page brings the book full circle by saying “First the chicken” followed by “First the Egg”.
This book makes an great read aloud, because there are so many opportunities to interact with students. I really like that the book shows three stages of the life cycle. I highly recommend this book for prek through first grade as a read aloud.