The text is spare and simple, the concept brilliant and beautifully executed. Die cut pages slathered in vibrant, textural paints turn to reveal a fascinating, yet simple lesson in developmental biology. A two page spread with a white egg peaking through a die-cut orange page turns to reveal a yellow chick (whose body is formed from the backside of the egg cut-out) and a white chicken (whose belly formerly gave way to the white egg). The concept continues, each one showing three stages of development (seed, sprout, flower and so on). More esoteric sequences are shown as well, as in, “First the WORD. Then the STORY.” The book ends, aptly, with the chicken begetting an egg.