Friday, March 30, 2012

the pinkish, purplish, bluish egg



One of my favorite children's authors is Bill Peet! Have you read his books? If not, I would highly recommend that you do!! :) I was an elementary teacher, and my kids always loved hearing his stories. I look forward to reading them to my own kids one day! 


  This book was published in 1963. The illustrations are so beautiful and colorful! I also love the rhyming pattern and his choice of words. He is such a talented writer!!


This story begins with a sweet little bird named, Myrtle, who is sad, for she has an empty nest. So, she went searching for an egg and found this pinkish, bluish egg in a cave.


And look who comes popping out!! Isn't he sooo cute!! :)


All the birds are stunned at this little creature before their eyes! The owl says that he is a griffin, which is a creature from a fairy-tale book. The birds and the owl warn how he will cause trouble someday. 


So, Myrtle sends the birds and the owl away! Look at those cute bunnies!


Myrtle decides on a name for the sweet creature.
 "There's an old Bible name that I think rhymes with meek. I know! It's Ezekiel. For short that is Zeke." The name fits him perfectly!


The story continues on how Zeke learns to fly, find food, and is given a good set of rules to live by.


 What a beautiful moon!


 This is one of my favorite illustrations in the book. So precious of the two at night! 


 Towards the end of the story, Zeke is bothered by some scoundrels that are prowling in the forest. Myrtle warns Zeke that violence is not the way to go, and that he needs to be patient, and they just might go away. 
One day he went wondering about, and came to a place that was dry and bare. He knew that this would be the place for the scoundrels to be!  


So, Zeke came up with a plan, and carried them off to this barren land!
He sure taught them a lesson!


All of the birds found out that Zeke was brave, and was not going to cause trouble, as they had thought. "But what the fierce griffin they'd worried about, was a peace-loving creature and tame as could be. Why, even the owl finally had to agree." 



Well, I hope that you will get a chance to check out this book, or other BIll Peet books. I will be posting another favorite Bill Peet next week!! 

I am so excited to be linking up with Corey for my first week of Lil' Vintage Story Books! 









38 comments:

  1. Heather, I love it...I have never heard of him. It seems like a far more modern illustration but then as you look at it the colors do speak of that era. During high school I worked at the local library in the children's section and developed a true love for children's literature. Wish I spent more time in the P's...smiles..Renee

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    1. Oh, I am so glad you liked it!! That is one reason why I loved being a teacher; the literature! :) xo Heather

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  2. What a sweet book. I read the pages shown and I do like his writing style very much and the artwork is just precious.

    Thanks for sharing; I'll be keeping an eye out for his books now!

    ~Andrea

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    1. Thank you! I am so glad you enjoyed it!! I just love his books!!:) xo Heather

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  3. Yes, I like his prose as well. The rhymes just flow so easily. I've never heard of him either, but will keep my eye out from now on!

    Thanks for linking up with us this week!

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    1. Thank you Corey! I am so glad you liked the book! I look forward to linking up next week!! xo Heather

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  4. I've never heard of him, the illustrations are beautiful :)

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    1. I am so glad you enjoyed the book!! :) xo Heather

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  5. Fabulous illustrations - love the expressions on the wolves' faces!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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    1. Yes, the wolves have some great expressions!! :) xo Heather

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  6. I've never heard of this author. I love Corey's link party so that I discover new authors and new illustrators. Have a splendid weekend!

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    1. I am so glad you enjoyed his books!! Have a lovely, and restful weekend recovering!! :) xo Heather

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  7. Heather,the illustrations are really nice, especially the owl. I've never heard of Peet either, but I'm going to keep my eyes open for him.

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    1. Thank you Leslie!! I am glad you enjoyed it!! Bill Peet is such a great children's author! :) xo Heather

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  8. That is a sweet story and lovely illustrations. Hope your day is a good one. Best wishes, Tammy

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  9. this is so lovely! thanks so much for sharing with us all and taking the time! : ) sending hugs...

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    1. I am so glad you enjoyed the story! :) have a blessed weekend! xo Heather

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    1. Thanks! I just love his books! xo Heather

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  11. Very sweet book. Thanks so much for sharing it!
    I had not heard of this author... or perhaps he is one that
    I didn't remember.
    I need to check out his books now :)

    Thanks for coming to visit my blog, and becoming a follower.
    I too am following you now, and looking forward to
    reading more of your posts.
    I'm also going to place your blog on my blog roll.... so I can share your blog with others :)

    Have a lovely weekend!!

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    1. Hi Kerin!
      Thank you! He is such a great author and illustrator! I am glad you enjoyed it. :) Thank you for becoming a follower! Have a blessed weekend! :) xo Heather

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  12. aahh thank you for sharing such a lovely book i have never heard of this author. I love the picture of all the birds and the owl sat in the tree its so bright and colour and full of excpectation. And it has a lovely moral to it to ;-)) enjoy the rest of your weekend, dee x

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    1. Thank you Dee!! He is such a wonderful author! Have a lovely weekend!! xo Heather

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  13. What a sweet book! I love the rhymes too.

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  14. Children's books are just the best! Bill Peet was my son's favorite illustrator, but I don't recall this one. Very cute! Thanks for sharing! Have a nice Sunday! Twyla

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    1. How fun that he was your son's favorite illustrator! I am glad I could share a new one with you! Hope you are having a great weekend!! xo Heather

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  15. What a lovely little book and the illustrations are so cute!
    Have a wonderful day!

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    1. Thank you!!! I hope you are having a beautiful Sunday! xo Heather

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  16. Hi Heather! How are you?
    Thanks for the comment on my post, you liked the photos? I wanted to show a little bit South of Brazil to those who have never heard, Brazil has many beauties that go beyond the beaches. In the south of my country, cold predominates, it is the coldest place here.
    I'm making Easter eggs, I learned with you in your blog, so they are ready, I'll show you. Ok?
    Check back often, I love to receive your visit in my blog!
    Have a blessed weekend.
    Hugs.

    Luciana

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    1. HI Luciana! I am so glad you got to make the eggs!! I can't wait to see them! Hope you are having a wonderful day!! xo Heather

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  17. What a sweet little book! I love it!! Thanks so much for the nice comment on my new room. I am so excited about it!!!
    Hugs,
    Julie

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    1. I am glad you enjoyed the book! He is such a fun author! Have a wonderful week!! xo Heather

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  18. i have to look for the book! thanks for sharing!

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    1. Oh, good! He has so many great books!! Have a great week! :) xo Heather

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  19. I love the illustrations in this book! So cute. I collect vintage ones and also have mine from when I was a little girl.
    Have a great day!
    Holly

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    1. Vintage books are such a wonderful treasure to collect, and read!! Hope you are having a beautiful Monday! xo Heather

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