Two eggs look the same on the inside, regardless of their outside appearance.
Name: Two Eggs, Please
Author: Sarah Weeks
Illustrator: Betsy Lewin
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Written for Ages: 3-8
Summary: Throughout the evening in this metropolitan diner, various animal characters come in and order their desired egg dinners. The characters represent different occupations… doctor, police officers, mother, musician, and so on. Each customer requests eggs prepared in a different way..scrambled, boiled, poached, and with side dishes. When the orders are placed, the previous customers consider how different the new order is, when compared to their own. At the end of the book, the chef is shown holding one brown egg and one white egg, considering that they look different on the outside. However, when he cracks the eggs, they look the same as they slide into the bowl.
Scripture Connection: The Jews and Samaritans did not get along due to religious and cultural differences that spanned many years. When Jesus purposefully chose to walk through Samaria on his way to Galilee, he was making a bold statement. When he sat at a Samaritan well to rest, he was making a declaration. Despite historical rifts, he was not afraid or appalled by these people. The woman who approached him at the well reminded him of their clash of cultures. Jesus replied that their differences would ultimately not matter, but what would matter was their true belief in God, their Father.
Theological Connection: Throughout the Bible, God’s message is evident that he doesn’t look at the outside of a person, but rather, he looks at the heart. God used the old, young, Jew, non-Jew, sick, well, rich, and poor to spread the message of his love across cultural divides.
Justice Connection: While laws banning segregation were put into effect decades ago, there are still many locations in which people feel isolated due to various differences. Children who are raised to see heart rather than culture will promote justice for all as they age.
Faith Talk (God Talk):
- What did all the characters want?
- Did they all look the same?
- What was different about the way they look?
- Does it matter that they look different when they all really just want the same thing to eat?
- Which does God look at, when he looks at us…what we are on the outside, or what we are on the inside?
Parenting Connection: Little kids make awkward observations about people sometimes…and that can be embarrassing to us parents. But these moments can be teaching opportunities. “Yes, that child seems different from you, but look, you are both enjoying the sandbox. Maybe you can share your toys and build a castle together.” Private, follow-up conversations are foundational for parents to teach their children that others are indeed different, but our God is creative, not boring. We can appreciate the variety of people we are around because that’s what God loves about us. We don’t all like scrambled eggs, which is why there are many egg recipes to try!
An added bonus to this book is that it can be used as a springboard for conversations with adolescents as well. The colorful, comical pictures make the story seem light-hearted while conveying a heavy, vital message. Youth group leaders, English, and sociology teachers can appreciate the metaphor this book illustrates.
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