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Hank Finds an Egg
A wordless picture book speaks volumes.

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What is the use of a book without pictures or conversation?" Alice asks in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Looking at the recent bounty of wordless picture books, you might instead wonder: What's the use of a book without words?

Rebecca Dudley '85 offers a wonderfully imaginative answer in Hank Finds an Egg (Peter Pauper, 2013), a wordless picture book that tells a captivating story so clearly that even very young children will have little trouble understanding it.

Hank Finds an Egg

Hank Finds an Egg depicts the adventures of a furry woodland creature in a way that makes guessing his unspecified species part of the fun. The New York Times describes Hank as "a small, hand-sewn stuffed monkey." Elizabeth Bird sees it differently on the School Library Journal website: "I think he's a bear, though his tail is admittedly a bit long."

No one could mistake Hank for a dog. But part of his charm lies in the lovably canine mannerisms he displays upon finding a white egg that has fallen from a hummingbird's nest in a tree high above him. Hank tries a clever but unsuccessful strategy for returning the egg to its perch with a homemade ladder. Then he comes up with a tactic that enables the mother bird to hoist the egg and hatch her full brood, whom Hank treats in the last pages as potential friends.

Drawing on her background as an architect, Dudley has created by hand all the flora and fauna, skies, and ponds that appear in the beautifully composed dioramas of a forested realm at once real and magical. Her pictures capture the enchantment of everyday sights and eloquently reaffirm what we instinctively know: Sometimes the beauty of nature transcends words. Hank Finds an Egg is also a quietly subversive entry in a field in which nurturing animals still tend to be overwhelming female. Dudley's forest scenes may look timeless, but their theme couldn't be more timely: Men and boys, too, find deep joy in caring for others.

This modern Wuthering Heights has a punk rock beat.

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Novelists have set retellings of Wuthering Heights at a school in Maine, on the island of Guadeloupe, and in other places far from the Yorkshire moors of Emily Bronte's classic tale of doomed love. But April Lindner '84 is almost certainly the first to move the action to a rock club in downtown Manhattan, where her stand-in for Catherine Earnshaw once had a tumultuous romance with a brooding young musician.

That premise—if it sounds improbable—makes perfect sense when you consider the surly, defiant hero of Wuthering Heights. And in her young-adult novel Catherine (Poppy/Little, Brown, 2013), Lindner finds a natural counterpart for Bronte's Heathcliff in Hence, the former frontman for a band called Riptide. Hence fell in love with Catherine Eversole when she and her family lived above the Underground, a storied punk-rock club owned by her father, Jim.


Like Heathcliff, Hence lost his Catherine to a man who could offer her a more stable life, but he remains so obsessed with her that he buys the Underground after Jim Eversole's death, in case she returns. The story takes off when Catherine's 17-year-old daughter, Chelsea—whose father had told her that her mother was dead—shows up at the club after finding a letter suggesting she may be alive. Hence's volatility makes for a fast-paced plot as Chelsea risks her life trying to learn what happened to her mother.

An award-winning poet who updated another Bronte classic in Jane, Lindner writes here from the alternating perspectives of Chelsea and, via an old diary, her vanished mother. Lindner follows the broad contours of Bronte's plot, but for many teenagers—and for the many adults who read young adult fiction—the true pleasure of this book may lie in its sympathetic portrayal of punk. Catherine shows why, at a certain stage of life, it's normal to rebel. And that may comfort not just teens but parents who, decades later, still cringe at the memory of their own youthful excesses. ~

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