The Egg


Owlkids Books
Canada & United States, 2020



When an egg falls from its nest and is washed away, a grieving crane takes flight, only to find another egg in need of a home. The hatchling that emerges is… a surprise! No matter: the crane is delighted and showers the little one with love.

This fresh, wordless tale celebrates the diversity of families and the bonds of love that hold us tight.



“Shows that nurturing hearts expand with love when presented with opportunity. The artist’s bold palette, striking patterns, and humorous poses will provoke commentary about colors, shapes, and design as well.”

Kirkus, starred review


“Loving families come in all shapes and sizes. Particularly effective are the spreads depicting emotions: the bird sobs, her tears distinguished only by color from the relentless rain.”

Booklist, starred review


“Valério’s memorable artwork and imaginative power give this tale extra impact.”

Publisher’s Weekly