An Extraordinary Egg

Author: Leo Lionni
Plot Summary: It’s an extraordinary day on Pebble Island for three frogs when one of them discovers a beautiful white egg. They’ve never seen a chicken egg before, but they’re sure that’s what this must be. So when the egg hatches and out crawls a long green, scaly creature, they naturally call it . . . a chicken!
Posted In: Aesthetics, Epistemology

Discussion Questions
  • How do the words and drawings together tell the story?
  • What feelings do the drawings create? How do drawings create feelings?
  • Would the story be the same without the drawings? The words?
  • Why does Jessica believe her fellow frog when told the alligator is a chicken?
  • Why does she continue to believe it even when she meets the mother alligator?
  • Often we believe we have knowledge because of testimony from other people – can such information be knowledge?
  • Do the words of other people give us a basis for believing something?
  • How do we determine which testimony to trust? Does it depend on how the people speaking to us know what they think they know?
  • How often do we hold onto our beliefs even in the face of evidence that they are not true?