Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because I think it is a great book for parents to talk to kids about being afraid and shy. I won a copy of “Meg the Egg” from Ms. Hill when she had her self-published author feature. When Josie and I read it, we really liked it! ;-)
By Rita Antoinette Borg
32 Pages – Ages 4+
Published by CreateSpace on June 1, 2012
Theme/Topic – Being Afraid
Opening and Synopsis –
“One morning, Mother Hen was sitting on her nest when two of her eggs hatched. Out popped two little chicks. “Cheep, cheep!” they said. Mum named them, Peg, and Keg. But the third egg didn’t hatch.”
Meg doesn’t want to come out of her egg. She’s too scared. But when her mother gets kid-(or is it “hen”?)-napped by a hungry fox, and when none of Meg’s sisters went after the fox to save her mom, Meg goes herself, rolling after the fox. She conjures up a plan to get out of her egg and save her mother at the same time!
Why I liked this book – This was an awesome book. The large pictures are really beautiful. The story has a good message about being afraid of the world and being brave when you have to even though you are scared. It also teaches that being brave doesn’t mean you aren’t afraid. I think the book makes a great read-a-loud for parents and kids. Meg is a great character. To me, she represents a five-year-old kid who is afraid of the world. I think it would be a great story for parents to read to their kids if they are afraid to go to school or somewhere different.
Activities and Resources –
MAKE A PUPPET SHOW – Draw a chicks, an egg, a hen, and a fox (or any other animal you want to). Cut them out. Add popsicle sticks to the drawings. You can have your own Meg the Egg adventures! Your child can be Meg and he/she can say what she is afraid of to mother (or father) hen. I think that would be a good role-playing game and a way for kids to talk about what they are afraid of.
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