Two eggs, please.

Published by: Atheneum Books
Release Date: January 9, 2007
Pages: 32
ISBN13: 978-1416927143
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Illustrated by Betsy Lewin

At first the only thing the hungry customers at this bustling diner seem to have in common is a desire for “TWO EGGS, PLEASE!” But 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.

“A thoroughly delightful treat for both early readers and young listeners.”

Author’s note: When my youngest son, Natty was in Kinder-garden at PS 87 in Manhattan, he had a wonderfully gifted teacher named Pat Martinez. One day, while visiting the class I saw her do an extraordinary thing. Ms. Martinez had the children sit in a circle on the rug. Then she took two eggs, one white and one brown, placed them in a bowl and passed it around. The children were asked to describe the eggs. Their comments focused on the differences – in color, in size, in shape, in the texture of the shells. Ms. Martinez then cracked the eggs into the bowl and passed that around. Again the children were asked to comment on what they saw. This time they talked about the fact that although the eggs were different on the outside, they were the same on the inside. It was such a simple and effective way of teaching an important social concept to young children that I just knew it had to be a picture book.