The Egg Tree

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This article is about a book. For the German tradition, see Easter egg tree.
The Egg Tree
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Author Katherine Milhous
Illustrator Katherine Milhous
Country United States
Genre Children's picture book
Publisher Scribner
Publication date
ISBN 0-689-71568-4
OCLC 23733701
[E] 20
LC Class PZ7.M596 Ef 1992

The Egg Tree is a 1950 book by Katherine Milhous that won the 1951 Caldecott Medal,[1] based on the author's family tradition. It tells the classic tale of a Pennsylvania Dutch Easter, with its main characters being Katy and Carl. One day, near Easter, they look for Easter eggs and find eggs that their grandmom had painted on a tree. They are interested, so they ask their grandmother about the eggs. They eventually create one, and it becomes a big success the next Easter.


  1. ^ American Library Association: Caldecott Medal Winners, 1938 - Present. URL accessed 27 May 2009.
Preceded by
Song of the Swallows
Caldecott Medal recipient
Succeeded by
Finders Keepers