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The talking eggs : a folktale from the American South / retold by Robert D. San Souci ; pictures by Jerry Pinkney.


After running away from her angry mother and spoiled sister, Blanche is befriended by a strange old woman who owns chickens that lay talking eggs. This eerie and suspensful black folktale is filled with watercolour pictures of deep woods and strange sights.


African Americans, Character traits, Folktales, Kindness

Reading Levels

Ages 5 - 14 / Kindergarten - Grade 8


  • Caldecott Medal, 1990
  • Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award (honor), 1990

Publication History

  • New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, 1989. [32] p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm. ISBN 0803706200 (lib. bdg.) 0803706197