This off-beat spring story about a chick who won't hatch until it's Easter is bound to bring a smile.
Hilda the Hen’s beautiful egg doesn’t hatch. Instead the talking egg asks: “Mother when is Easter?” Hilda can’t believe her ears. But when is Easter? Sometimes it’s in March, sometimes it’s in April. The date changes every year. Why? Hilda needs to find out because her baby chick is determined to be born on Easter Sunday. So she sets out to discover the secret and—with some advice from a wise owl—create an Easter dream come true in this delightful holiday story.
Adding to the fun is a bunny seek-and-find, with rabbits hidden in many of the pictures for youngsters to find.
“With art that offers comedy, hidden pictures, a little science (the phases of the moon) and the possibility of religious discussion, this book is definitely worth a good look.”—Publishers Weekly
Géraldine Elschner was born in France. She studied German and Romance languages and trained as a librarian specializing in children's literature. Elschner has been translating children's books from German into French and writing their own stories for years. Today she lives in Heidelberg, Germany.
Alexandra Junge was born in Lüdinghausen, Germany. She studied illustration with a focus on children's book illustration at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences and at the École supérieure des arts décoratifs in Strasbourg. She has been illustrating children's books since 2001. Her original pictures and illustrations have appeared in exhibitions in Italy and France. Alexandra Junge lives and works in Freiburg, Germany.
"With art that offers comedy, hidden pictures, a little science (the phases of the moon) and the possibility of religious discussion, this book is definitely worth a good look."
– Publishers Weekly
"Kids will enjoy the little chick counting down the days inside the egg, the various hidden pictures throughout the story, mom poking a whole in the egg with a piece of straw for her baby to watch for the moon, and the various cycles of the moon. Adults will enjoy the simple way to establish the date of each Easter. Originally published in 2004, this clever story around Easter will entertain all."
– The Children's Hour
"The author and illustrator are a talented European duo who add the qualities of originality and complementary style to the text. The illustrations are detailed and distinctive, marked with contrast and allure"