Book review of The Rainbow Egg by Linda Hendricks, M.D.
This is a children’s book about an unconventional chicken named Hope who doesn’t live with other chickens, but with the animals in the forest. She lays an egg, but since she doesn’t have a nest she ends up trying to carry it around, and it is too heavy. Then she finds a chicken house where all the chickens have eggs in their nest, except one couple, Mr. and Mrs. Rainbow. There Hope finds a solution to her problem, and Mr. and Mrs. Rainbow find hope for their sadness.
Some parts of this story were not completely clear to me, such as why Hope couldn’t have a nest in the forest, and the significance of the redbird. Also, as an adult, I connect the chicken-with-the-egg-but-no-nest with the nest-with-no-egg, and I start to think about the concept of adoption. However, I’m wondering if children will ask why Hope didn’t just stay in the chicken house and keep her egg, instead of leaving her egg there for others to take care of.
The illustrations were easy on the eyes and often humorous. I found it interesting that the artist, Christine Greer, R.N., is also in the medical field–such talent! I loved the parts where Hope can’t figure out how to manage the egg, and Mr. and Mrs. Rainbow try to lay an egg—very cute. I certainly got some smiles from The Rainbow Egg.
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