This is a wonderful book for children of all ages. The author writes in crisp rhymes and the illustrations are colorful and appealing. At the beginning of the tale, a group of multicultural children is sitting under their favorite tree. An old man carrying a cane comes along. He tells the children to look up high in the tree. They notice the nest of the Kloonee bird high in the tree which has been abandoned. The old man tells them the nest is so high because it contains a gold egg. All the children scoff at this, except for Devan who decides to find out for himself.
Devan finds the task daunting. He falls from the tree but gets up and tries again. His friends make fun of him. When Devan finally gets to the top, will he find a gold egg? What does he learn about himself and his friends?
This book teaches children the importance of courage and persistence. Success at achieving a goal is possible if one believes in himself and continues the quest even when faced with obstacles. While this book might appear to be a picture book, its message is one for children of all ages. Recommended as an inspirational read-aloud for children and adults.
"The Gold Egg" is a story for children of all ages, from kindergarten to college graduates and beyond. It is a story of courage, perseverance and discovery. The story begins as Devan and his friends are playing games near their favorite tree. An old man passing by tells the children that a gold egg lies in a nest at the top of the tree. The kids tease the man and go back to playing their games but Devan determines to find out if the story is true. Though the climb is difficult and at times painful, he eventually reaches the top. What he finds is not at all what he expected. Devan learns a very special lesson, known only to those who are willing to climb.