The Talking Eggs: Robert D. San Souci


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:

 Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:
  • 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


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