Title: Two eggs, please.
Author: Sarah Weeks
Illustrator: Betsy Lewin
Publisher and Year: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2003
Number of pages: 32
Genre: Fiction, fable
Descriptive Annotation: The book begins with a fox waitress asking a rhino what he would like to order at the dinner, to which he responds, “Two eggs, please. Sunny-side up.” The next page has a mouse asking for two eggs, but his should be over easy. The rhino and the mouse both think “different” to what the other is eating. The same thing plays out over the entire book, with different animals ordering different ways for the two eggs to be cooked. In the last pages of the book is the cook holding a brown egg and a white egg saying, “Different”. The next page shows him breaking open the egg and saying, “The same”.
Linguistic and Cultural Diversity Analysis: This book screams diversity. There are all sorts of different animals and each orders two eggs but asks for them to be cooked differently. The purpose of the book is to show students that while we all may order the same thing; they are also different in a unique way. The font is different for each animal, showing it is a different order. You could easily bring in a brown egg and a white egg to show what the cook is doing on pages 23 and 24.
Interdisciplinary Connections: This book could be used to count how many eggs are cooked. For science, bring in pictures of cooking eggs to show how they look the same right out of the shell but differently when cooked. You could talk about how once an egg is cooked, you can’t “unscramble” it; you could also talk about that saying in language arts. For a lesson on adjectives, you could look at all the ways that the animals are having the eggs cooked and then discuss how the idea of cooked eggs are the same but the means of cooking them are not.
Other Information: I really liked the book for its utter simplicity. The illustrations are awesome and tell the story quite well. Sarah Weeks has also written If I Were a Lion, Paper Parade, Angel Face, and So B. It. Betsy Lewin is the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type and its sequels, Giggle, Giggle, Quack; Duck for President; Dooby Dooby Moo; and Thump, Quack, Moo.