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Children's Fiction Alternative Family

The Egg

by (author) Geraldo Valério

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Aug 2020
Alternative Family, New Baby, Birds
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2020
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 3


The Egg is an imaginative and unusual story about a bird and a child, and how they become a family. The wordless story opens with a crane caring lovingly for an egg. During a storm, a gust of wind blows the egg from its nest. Despite searching far and wide, the crane can’t find the lost egg anywhere. Heartbroken, the crane spots something—an egg! Not its own, but since this egg is also alone, the crane rescues it to safety.
When the egg hatches, the little one inside is—unexpectedly—a human baby. No matter their differences, the crane loves and cares for the child, adopting it into an avian life. When they take flight together, this unusual duo encounters other birds with their young ones—the babies all a diverse array of creatures, showing that families come in all shapes and sizes.
This whimsical story is open to interpretation and imagination, but above all imparts the message that a loving family can be whatever we make it.

About the author

Geraldo Valério was born in Brazil, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Drawing, followed by a Master of Arts at New York University. His many highly acclaimed books include My Book of Birds (described in Booklist as “striking and beautiful”); At the Pond (two starred reviews); Friends (one starred review); Blue Rider (two starred reviews); Turn On the Night (three starred reviews) and The Egg (two starred reviews). His work has been published in many countries, including Canada, the US, Brazil, Portugal, France, the UK and China. Geraldo lives in Toronto.


Geraldo Valério's profile page


  • Commended, TD Summer Reading Club Top Recommended Read
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens
  • Commended, A Toronto Public Library’s First and Best List selection
  • Short-listed, Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award

Editorial Reviews

"No words are needed to tell this lovely tale. Bold colors, well-constructed collage work and exceptional posing will encourage discussion."

Sal's Fiction Addiction

"Valério’s memorable artwork and imaginative power give this lighthearted tale extra impact through meticulous spreads that produce a sense of sprightly life and warmth."

Publishers Weekly

"Perfect for lap sits or story hours, this works on a couple of levels: as a silly tale of a human raised by a bird, but also to reaffirm that loving families come in all shapes and sizes."


"The Egg is a wordless picture book, but, in the hands of an artist with the skill of Valério, the pictures certainly do tell a thousand words."

Canadian Review of Materials

"Valério’s visual storytelling will excite the eyes and warm the hearts of viewers young and old."

Kirkus Reviews - STARRED REVIEW

"Valério shows off his skill with design and collage in this wordless story about the many forms a family can take."

The Horn Book

"Especially and unreservedly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections."

Midwest Book Review

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