Early One Morning
Early one morning, a little boy sets out to find something for his breakfast. He searches the farm for it. Could it be by the gate? In the truck? In the haystack? Little ones will delight in seeing barnyard animals and guessing what it is the little boy is searching for until he finally finds it and settles in for a delicious breakfast with his grandmother.
What I loved: This was a simple and whimsical look around the farm. The illustrations are intriguing, with a sketch-like quality and full of items and animals around the farm. The little boy has a chicken following him around the farm the whole time to add a touch of comedy. The writing is very simple with repetitive language as he searches for what lays the "things" he needs for breakfast.
What left me wanting more: The book never explicitly says that they were looking for eggs, and this may confuse some readers without additional context from a caregiver. The book also suddenly changes to second person at the end and does not quite draw the conclusions that would be helpful for young readers the simple phrasing suggests it would work best for (caregivers can spell these out for curious readers though).
Final verdict: EARLY ONE MORNING contains entertaining images of a boy and the chicken going around a small family farm looking for "things" for breakfast. The simple and repetitive phrasing would work well for toddlers alongside caregiver explanations.