Perfect Picture Book Friday – Meg The Egg by Rita Antoinette Borg

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because I think it is a great book for parents to talk to kids about being afraid and shy. I won a copy of “Meg the Egg” from Ms. Hill when she had her self-published author feature. When Josie and I read it, we really liked it! 😉

Meg The Egg

By Rita Antoinette Borg

32 Pages – Ages 4+

Published by CreateSpace on June 1, 2012

Theme/Topic – Being Afraid

Opening and Synopsis –

One morning, Mother Hen was sitting on her nest when two of her eggs hatched. Out popped two little chicks. “Cheep, cheep!” they said. Mum named them, Peg, and Keg. But the third egg didn’t hatch.”

Meg doesn’t want to come out of her egg. She’s too scared. But when her mother gets kid-(or is it “hen”?)-napped by a hungry fox, and when none of Meg’s sisters went after the fox to save her mom, Meg goes herself, rolling after the fox. She conjures up a plan to get out of her egg and save her mother at the same time!

Why I liked this book – This was an awesome book. The large pictures are really beautiful. The story has a good message about being afraid of the world and being brave when you have to even though you are scared. It also teaches that being brave doesn’t mean you aren’t afraid. I think the book makes a great read-a-loud for parents and kids. Meg is a great character. To me, she represents a five-year-old kid who is afraid of the world. I think it would be a great story for parents to read to their kids if they are afraid to go to school or somewhere different.

Activities and Resources –

MAKE A PUPPET SHOW – Draw a chicks, an egg,  a hen, and a fox (or any other animal you want to). Cut them out. Add popsicle sticks to the drawings. You can have your own Meg the Egg adventures! Your child can be Meg and he/she can say what she is afraid of to mother (or father) hen. I think that would be a good role-playing game and a way for kids to talk about what they are afraid of.

I found chick and hen coloring pages HERE and an egg coloring pages HERE.

To learn more about Ms. Borg, please visit her website by clicking HERE.

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

Categories: Age 1-5

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35 replies

  1. This sounds like a great book! I love the theme, too.

  2. Hi there Carrie. Thank you for your comment. The theme was based upon my own little girl who was scared of noises in the night. I thought it would be a wonderful way to help other children not to be scared of the dark too.

  3. I hadn’t heard of this book, Erik. It sounds like a fun story to get across an important message. Great idea for an activity!

  4. Erik, that sounds adorable. A great message for kids abou being brave and cool idea for an activity too.

  5. So glad you enjoyed this book, Erik, and so pleased that you added it to PPBs. Rita will be so happy 🙂 I agree – it’s a wonderful book, and I love the activities you thought up! Thanks!

  6. This sounds like a great book for wee ones. My niece’s birthday is coming up and I needed some good ideas. Thanks for sharing this one, Erik!

  7. There are not enough stories about shyness and fear and bravery out there for kids. There is almost always room for one more. thanks for sharing this important book. 🙂

  8. Hi Erik! I love the theme of this book. How fun! Egg-cellent review (sorry, couldn’t resist) 🙂 . Thanks for adding it to the list.

  9. LOve, love love this message. Yes being brave does not mean not being afraid. Thank you, Erik, as I had not hear of this one.

  10. What a great book. I love the message for kids. Will have to check it out. I really liked your activity suggestions. Thanks for introducing me to this author.

  11. My favorite line in your review: It also teaches that being brave doesn’t mean you aren’t afraid.

    Such a great lesson! Thanks for sharing, Erik!

  12. Erik, I do not have kids (unfortunately, because I wanted a bunch), and it has been way too long since I was a kid, so I do not remember, but it is at age 5 that kid’s start to be afraid of the world? Because of starting school? Leaving Mom?

    Okay, I am messing with you because I know the answer to that question (social workers who worked with kids had to know stuff like that), and I am impressed that you were aware of this. Where did you get this often keen understanding of the world? I see this in many of your posts and comments.

    Sorry if this makes you blush, but you are one awesome kid!

    • Thank you Ms. Morris! 😉 I think my best answer to your last question is… I am observant? 🙂 My sister and I have never been afraid of places or people (I don’t know why), but I have seen other kids who are. My parents tell us to try to make friends with kids who are shy. 🙂

  13. I love the creative problem solving in this book. Great pick, Erik!

  14. What a clever reversal of the food chain! An egg chasing a fox is a funny concept. Thanks for the book suggestion, Erik. I’ll look for this one. I love the idea of acting it out with puppets, too.

  15. This intrigues me on many different levels as a reader and a writer to see how this one looks. Thanks.

  16. I like stories that show that courage takes on many forms and as you said, it does not mean ‘not being afraid’ – but the ability to go beyond it. I also love your recommendation about the use of puppet shows! I miss doing that. 🙂

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