Easter Egg Farm: Book Review

Inside: Book review of The Easter Egg Farm and lots of fun accompanying activities.

Happy Easter, Friends! Yesterday I read my first graders The Easter Egg Farm and they loved it!

Author / Illustrator: Mary Jane Auch
Publishing: Holiday House, 1992
Ages: 4 to 8
Themes: Easter Eggs, Chickens, Diversity

Opening Lines: Pauline lived in Mrs. Pennywort’s henhouse with four other hens.

About the Book:
Pauline is a chicken with a problem. She can’t lay an egg unless she really concentrates — there’s just so much noise and confusion in the hen house! The other hens accuse her of being lazy, but she knows that’s not true; she’s just different.

The fun begins when Pauline starts laying the most beautiful and bedazzling eggs. It turns out that whatever she concentrates on while laying an egg, determines the design on the egg. Her eggs are SO gorgeous that Mrs. Pennywort promises to donate Pauline’s beautiful eggs for the town Easter egg hunt. Unfortunately — or fortunately — the eggs start hatching before the hunt begins.

And if you thought the eggs were stunning, you’ll love Pauline’s chicks 🙂

Why I LOVED This Book:
I really enjoyed Pauline’s spunk. Despite being accused of being lazy, she stood up for herself and embraced her differences.

I thought the premise was unique — a hen laying “read-to-go” Easter eggs. The kids in my class were intrigued and the story easily held everyone’s attention, including an autistic child who doesn’t always make it through a whole story!

The illustrations are bright, beautiful, cheerful and engaging.

Story Extensions:

  1. If you’re incubating eggs at school then this book is a fun accompaniment.
  2. Read the book to your kids before decorating real or paper eggs. The book is full of lots of wonderful ideas for decorations.
  3. Learn about chickens, with a concentration on their eggs and life cycle. You could make this life cycle craft from Wikki Stix. And the Happy Chicken Coop has a wonderful post with a video and pictures explaining the 4 stages of the chicken life cycle.
  4. Discuss Pauline’s strength of character and how it’s okay to be different.
  5. Pair it with The Easter Egg by Jan Brett, another book that features beautiful eggs.
  6. Make some tie dyed Easter eggs!
  7. Colour these sweet Easter eggs I made (totally free!)
  8. Check out all my Easter posts for more freebies.
  9. Here’s another life cycle craft you could make. This one was made by my grandson in his Grade 1 class.

If you’d like a closer look at the book, be sure to watch this video.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Easter weekend!

PS You can find more great book reviews at Perfect Picture Book Friday!

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10 thoughts on “Easter Egg Farm: Book Review”

  1. This book made me smile. A lot. I watched only the first part of the video because I want to see the chicks for myself. The illustrations are hilarious! Just put it on hold at the library. Thanks for the rec!

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