The following review is by Catherine Way of Indirect Observations. It originally appeared in 2010, and with Easter around the corner I thought many of you might enjoy hearing about this lovely book from another part of the world. – Kara
For this Easter, being Australian, I have chosen to review Hunwick’s Egg by Mem Fox, illustrated by Pamela Lofts.
After a storm, Hunwick the bilby finds a wonderful egg. When no-one claims the egg, Hunwick decides he will care for it. He befriends the egg and takes good care of it. But when the egg doesn’t hatch Hunwick’s friends worry. But Hunwick is not upset, he knows the secret of the egg.
This charming story of explores the theme of friendship and unconditional love. Hunwick’s relationship with the egg reminds me of my son’s relationship with his teddy. For my son, his teddy is someone who always loves him, listens to him and keeps him company. And I think that is why my son loves this story, because the egg provides friendship for Hunwick and Hunwick loves the egg whether it hatches or not.
The story is accompanied by beautiful detailed illustrations of Australian desert plants and animals.