In The Good Egg by Jory John, an egg suffering from a breakdown, takes some time out and realises it doesn’t have to be perfect. The book's themes include:
– Accepting yourself and others for who they are.
– A balanced life is more important than trying to be perfect.
– Don’t stress over things you can’t control.
The Good Egg gives you the opportunity to teach:
- living a balanced life rather than striving for perfection.
- self-management and self-acceptance.
- character traits and character growth.
- self-care and wellbeing.
- using illustrations to increase meaning.
- first-person narration.
The Good Egg by Jory John, a companion to The Bad Seed.
Scroll down for The Good Egg activities, discussion questions and videos.
The Good Egg Summary
A veeeeeeerrryyyyy good egg spends its time helping others and trying to be perfect. It carries out good deeds… whether this is helpful or even needed is another matter!
The good egg lives in a carton with eleven mischievous eggs. It tries its best to keep them in line, but they do not appreciate its actions. It is a thankless job, and the egg is so exhausted it head feels scrambled. It is so stressed its shell cracks.
The doctor tells the good egg is cracking under pressure and needs to take care of itself. The egg leaves home and goes away for some ‘me’ time. It takes part in wellbeing activities to help heal it on the inside and outside.
During this much-needed break, the egg learns to live a more balanced life, and ultimately returns home. The other eggs may not be perfect, but neither is the good egg.
The Good Egg by Jory John
Illustrator: Pete Oswald
Publisher: HarperCollins (2019)
John Jory Official Website
Take a look inside
The Bad Seed, The Cool Bean, The Couch Potato, The Smart Cookie
- Big Rabbit's Bad Mood by Ramona Badescu
- Fergal is Fuming! by Robert Starling
- A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech
- The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett
- The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers
- Over-Scheduled Andrew by Ashley Spires
- So Few of Me by Peter H. Reynolds
- Tidy by Emily Gravett
- Unplugged by Steve Antony
- After the Fall by Dan Santat
The Good Egg Activities & Resources
I have created literacy graphic organizers for The Good Egg. You can find them at my Teachers Pay Teachers store. There are many activities for each literacy area to differentiate depending on your student’s ability/age. They include activities for:
- Cause & Effect
- Character Traits and Analysis
- Inferring and Predicting
- Making Connections
- Point of View
- Problem and Solution
- Retelling, Sequencing and Summarizing
*Click on these links to discover book recommendations on these topics.
The Good Egg Activities & Links
FREE The Good Egg Graphic Organisers
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The Good Egg Read-Aloud Questions
Read aloud sessions are a wonderful way for children to understand the connection between written text and spoken language. You can model reading habits and strategies, reading fluency, tone and eye contact. You can also introduce different genres, authors and illustrators.
- What do you think Jory John wants us to learn from reading the book?
- How would you describe the good egg? What are its character traits?
- How does Jory John show the egg’s emotions throughout the book?
- Why do you think the other eggs behaved the way they did?
- How is the good egg different from the other eggs in the carton?
- Why did the good egg start to crack? Why do you think its shell reacted this way?
- How do the text and illustrations make the good egg’s character traits clear?
- What happened when the good egg took time for itself?
- What did the good egg learn from its time away?
- What did the good egg mean by saying his “head no longer felt scrambled?”
- Why do you think the good egg missed the other eggs?
You can find a full set of discussion cards in The Good Egg Literacy Bundle or as a separate pack.
The Good Egg Book Videos
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