Extraordinary hen P. Zonka spends her time taking in the beauty around her: the shiny green of the grass, the buttery yellows of the dandelions, the deep blue of the sky. The other hens can't unde
Extraordinary hen P. Zonka spends her time taking in the beauty around her: the shiny green of the grass, the buttery yellows of the dandelions, the deep blue of the sky. The other hens can't understand why she never lays eggs like they do. Finally, P. Zonka gives in and lays an egg. To everyone's delight, she produces a wondrous egg that contains all the colors and designs that she has stored in her creative imagination
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Grew up in Pennsylvania and attended Cornell University and the School for American Craftsmen at RIT, where she earned a BFA. Julie, a former elementary school art teacher, now works full-time painting, creating commercial illustrations, and illustrating children's books. Some of her books include Albert the Fix-It Man; Where Is Catkin?; Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella; and Yellow Elephant: A Bright Bestiary. She lives in Washington.
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"[A] tale of the dividends of daydreaming, beautifully enhanced by colors and designs that shout "Spring!" to a winter-weary world. Charming, unusual and sure to induce smiles."
"A lyrical and lushly illustrated allegory about creativity and taking time to notice beauty."
— Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"Vibrant watercolor illustrations ... burst from the pages to draw viewers in to share P. Zonka's delight with the colors and patterns of her world. A first-rate selection."
— School Library Journal, Starred Review
"If every picture book is a little world unto itself, P. Zonka Lays an Egg is a place where the skies are forever bright and all things radiate delicious hues."
— The Wall Street Journal
"This ranks along books such as Leo Lionni's 'Frederick' (1968) that celebrate artistic dreaminess over conformity and remind us that good things are worth waiting for."
— Booklist Online
"P. Zonka's lesson is gently delivered: take time to produce something you will be proud of."
— The Horn Book Magazine
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Parents' Choice Recommended Award -Parents' Choice Foundation 2015