The Talking Eggs: A Folktale from the American South
Author: Robert D. San Souci
Illustrator: Jerry Pinkney
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
Publication Year: 1989
Brief Summary: A folktale with Creole origins tells the story of kind-hearted Blanche, who warms up the heart of an old witch and alters her life, while her lazy sister and mother are punished for their greed.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:
- Colorado Children’s Book Award, 1991 Winner Colorado
- Coretta Scott King Book Award, 1990 Honor Book Illustrator United States
- Georgia Children’s Book Award, 1993 Winner Georgia Child Picture Story Book Award Georgia
- Golden Sower Award, 1992 Winner Grades K-3 Nebraska
- Irma S. and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature, 1989 Winner United States
- Mockingbird Award, 1990-1991 Nominee Texas
- Randolph Caldecott Medal, 1990 Honor Book United States
- SMART Book Award, 2001 Nominee United States
- Virginia Young Readers Program, 1993 Winner Primary Virginia
- Books to Read Aloud to Children of All Ages, 2003 ; Bank Street College of Education
- Children’s Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson
- Children’s Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson
- Notable Children’s Books, 1990 ; ALSC American Library Association
- Discuss folktales. What is the lesson for this story? What other story does this remind you of?
- How is Blanche rewarded for her kindness? How is Rose and her mother punished for their behavior?
- Discuss the fantastical creatures and sights Blanche encountered. What does it tell you about her character when she doesn’t laugh? What about Rose — when she laughed and teased the old witch by grabbing her head — what does that tell about her character?
Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.
- Language arts: folktales
- Text-to-text connections
Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.
Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library