The Good Egg (The Food Group)

The Good Egg (The Food Group)
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February 12, 2019
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A #1 New York Times bestseller!

An Amazon Best Books of the Year 2019 selection!

From the bestselling creators of The Bad Seed, a timely story about not having to be Grade A perfect!

Meet the good egg. He’s a verrrrrry good egg indeed.

But trying to be so good is hard when everyone else is plain ol’ rotten.

As the other eggs in the dozen behave badly, the good egg starts to crack from all the pressure of feeling like he has to be perfect.

So, he decides enough is enough! It’s time for him to make a change…

Dynamic duo Jory John and Pete Oswald hatch a funny and charming story that reminds us of the importance of balance, self-care, and accepting those we love (even if they are sometimes a bit rotten).

Perfect for reading aloud and shared story time!

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You don't have to be perfect to be a Good Egg
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What I Liked:
The Good Egg wraps all attempts at helping others and being the supremely good egg into a high-pressure image of self. Being perfect ALL the time is too much pressure and the egg starts to crack. It makes the egg realize that he has to ease up on some of the pressure he has assumed and practice self-care. This is a big emotion that many children are dealing with if they have a reputation of being perfect. The Good Egg takes time to relax and heal before returning to the high-pressure homelife he is used to. He loves his family and they have a bit more respect for him now that he isn’t swooping in to always be perfect. Overall, his homelife didn’t exactly change but his response to others’ behavior is a healthier reaction.

Final Verdict: Once again, Jory John and Pete Oswald do a great job of taking big emotions and making them engaging and relatable to children. This is a great series for teachers, parents, and counselors to help children develop healthy habits of self-care.

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