Hank Finds An Egg
written and photographed by Rebecca Dudley
2013 (Peter Pauper Press)
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher
How do you not like an adorable wordless book featuring a bear? Debut author Rebecca Dudley has created a wonderful tale of a bear who finds a lost egg and seeks to give it back to its owner. Hank the bear spots the nest where the egg belongs, but he cannot reach it. The bulk of the story is about how Hank tries to get the egg back into the nest. Dudley created everything that you see in the book. Being a child of Rankin-Bass holiday specials, I have an affinity for this creation. You spend a lot of time looking at the pictures and thinking about how she made each item. Hank Finds An Egg is receiving some well deserved praise (see Fuse #8 review) so you are going to hear more about this book when it is released in May.
So how would you use Hank in the classroom? First, it screams for a lesson on prediction. How is Hank going to get the egg back in the nest? I would be tempted to stop reading the book in the middle and have students sketch how they think Hank will get the egg back in the nest. Second, this book would be the source for a great discussion about the difference between fiction and nonfiction and can you expect (or need) realistic elements (size of an egg, relationship between species) to be on target even if it is a work of fiction. Perhaps most importantly, as with other wordless books, you can have non-readers work on retell, inference, and other comprehension skills and not have to worry about decoding.