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 found eggs that their grandmother had painted on a tree. They were interested, so they ask their grandmother about the eggs. They eventually create one, and it becomes a big success the next Easter.


The book "The egg tree" is an illustrated book, with the image of a rooster blowing a horn standing on an decorated Easter egg on the cover of the book. Bright colors yellow in contrast with green. The illustration goes on through the pages with a Pennsylvania Dutch traditions of art that can be considered eye pleasing and easy to read.


The book "The egg tree" tells the history of two children named Katy and Carl, they are going to their grandmothers farm in Red Hills, Pennsylvania, this is the first time the children have the opportunity to spend Easter with their relatives from this part of the country, so they get to meet four of their cousins, the next morning the children wake up early to participate on the Easter egg hunt. Katy seems to have some trouble finding the eggs in this new and unexplored environment, so she decides to explore inside the house, in the attic looking around Katy finds six beautifully painted eggs that she takes to her grandmother immediately, the grandmother express her joy by saying "Katy may not have found the most eggs, but she found the most beautiful eggs". so then the grandmother decides to decorated a tree with the eggs using them as a kind of ornament, all the kids get inspired because of Katy's discovery and the grandmother's joy so they all decided to put special emphasis on their own decoration of the eggs and they decorated a large tree, and the next year one that was even larger.


Kirkus Reviews wrote, "This happy tale ... is enlivened by bright four colored illustrations and black and white decorations as spontaneous and colorful as a sunburst. The story is simple and charming"[2] while Horn Book stated, "Librarians and teachers will give a warm welcome", and concluded, "Katherine Milhous’ illustrations are some of her best."[3]


  1. ^ American Library Association: Caldecott Medal Winners, 1938 - Present. URL accessed 27 May 2009.
  2. ^ "The Egg Tree". Kirkus Media LLC. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Horn Book reviews of Caldecott Medal winners, 1950-1959". Media Source. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
Preceded by
Song of the Swallows
Caldecott Medal recipient
Succeeded by
Finders Keepers