THE TALKING EGGS:
Adapted from a Louisiana Creole Folktale
by Robert D. San Souci
Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
Dial Books for Young Readers, 1989
[AGES 5-10] hardcover
Caldecott Honor Book
Coretta Scott King Award Honor Book
ALA Notable Book
Booklist Children's Editors' Choice
Parents' Choice Award
American Bookseller Pick of the Lists
Young readers will be spellbound by this colorful folktale retold by master storyteller Robert D. San Souci and illustrated by the distinguished, award-winning artist Jerry Pinkney. Both author and artist capture the unique flavor of the American South in an unforgettable story.
It is a tale of two sisters: Rose, who is spoiled and lazy but her mother's favorite, and sweet Blanche, who is forced to fetch and carry and do all the hard work for her mother and sister. Blanche's life is miserable until one day her kindness to an old witch-woman catapults her into a miraculous world where cows have two heads and bray like mules, and rabbits in fancy dress dance the Virginia reel. Strangest of all are the wondrous talking eggs, which dramatically prove that beauty may hide great ugliness while the plainest of objects may conceal treasure within.
This unusual and imaginative tale with its richly expressive illustrations is sure to become a favorite with young readers and adults as well.
Robert D. San Souci has written books for both adults and children. His ENCHANTED TAPESTRY (Dial), illustrated by László Gál, was called by Publishers Weekly "a perfect marriage of tale and art." Among many other books by Mr. San Souci are THE LEGEND OF SCARFACE and THE SONG OF SEDNA, both illustrated by his brother Daniel San Souci and both award winners.
Mr. San Souci was graduated from St. Mary's College in Moraga, California.
Jerry Pinkney a two-time Caldecott Honor artist, has illustrated many children's books, including the much honored PATCHWORK QUILT by Valerie Flournoy (Dial), which won the Coretta Scott King Award, the Christopher Award, and was an ALA Notable Book and a Reading Rainbow selection. Most recently Mr. Pinkney has illustrated MORE TALES OF UNCLE REMUS retold by Julius Lester, which has already received four starred reviews and was a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year.
Mr. Pinkney, Associate Professor of Art at the University of Delaware, lives in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.