The Good Egg by Jory John
The Good Egg by Jory John, a companion to The Bad Seed, gives you the opportunity to teach:
- having a balanced life, wellbeing and self-management
- character traits and character growth
- using illustrations to increase meaning
- first-person narration
A virtuous egg spends his time helping people out. Whether this help is helpful or even needed is another matter! The good egg lives in a carton with eleven mischievous eggs and it tries its best to keep them in line. It is a thankless job and the egg is so exhausted his head feels scrambled.
When his shell literally cracks from all the pressure it goes away for some ‘me’ time. During this much-needed break, the egg learns to live a more balanced life. The egg ultimately decides to return to its home as the other eggs may not be perfect and neither is the good egg.
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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?
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