An Extraordinary Egg by Leo Lionni


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In An Extraordinary Egg, Jessica, one of three frogs who live on Pebble Island, is full of wonder. One day, while on an adventure, she finds an extraordinary large, white egg and takes it back to the others. When a little alligator hatches out of the egg, the frogs believe it is a chicken. Jessica and the "chicken" become the best of friends, going on adventures and spending all their time together. It is not long before the baby "chicken" and its alligator mother are reunited. Will the frogs ever learn their friend's true identity?

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  • C: Predict what will happen; use text to confirm.
  • C: Use prior knowledge to connect with text.
  • C: Compare and contrast within and between text.
  • A: Use the pictures. Do the words and pictures match?
  • A: Cross checking. Do the pictures and/or words look right? Do they sound right? Do they make sense?
  • F: Use punctuation to enhance phrasing and prosody (end marks, commas, etc.).
  • F: Read the text as the author would say it, conveying the meaning or feeling.
  • E: Tune in to interesting words and use new vocabulary in speaking and writing.

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