I have faith that spring is coming despite the seven-foot snow piles in my front yard. I have been here before … in that limbo of a March in Maine … where the sun shines but the snow continues to fall. I know that in just a couple of weeks, I will be “enjoying” mud puddles that are often twelve feet in diameter and at least six inches deep. I will be watching (and hearing) all my bird friends return to their spring/summer feeding and breeding grounds. My chickens will begin frolicking in the grass and laying fresh eggs. And Isaac and I will be outside WAY more than we are in.
With spring fever (and we DO get spring fever around here … big time) fast approaching, I have been pulling out some of my recent “spring” book purchases for all to enjoy. And I SO have a favorite this year: An Egg is Quiet by Diana Aston and Sylvia Long.
This book may go down as my favorite non-fiction picture book of all time. Perhaps it is because I am so enamored with eggs in general … perhaps it is the amazing illustrations … or perhaps it is the simple way that this book conveys so much knowledge and wonder. Any which way, it is a wonderful way to learn and appreciate the way that so much of life is created and nurtured through “eggs”.
You can visit here to learn more about this book, but I wanted to share some of the incredible illustrations here as well:
This book inspires me in so many ways. Each time I look through it, I get especially excited about letting my hens hatch out some of their own chicks this year. It has been a while since we have done so. And I look forward to sharing the wonder and beauty of this experience with Isaac.
I hope you are all finding your own special ways to welcome (or summon) in spring this year.