S: We're Out of Eggs, Jack!!
BC: This is a young children's picture book written for emerging readers from 4-6 years old. It is the true tale of baby Jack's wagon ride down the road to get fresh eggs for his mother. When he gets to the farm, the reader finds there is more to his trip than just retrieving eggs.
FC: We're Out of Eggs, Jack!
1: This book is dedicated to my wife, Jen. If she hadn't kept her skillets so good and greasy, there might not have been a Jack.
2: In the morning, my mom always makes me my breakfast. She makes all kinds of tasty things...but my all time favorite is cheese omelettes made from farm fresh eggs.
4: But on this morning we had a big problem. My Mom called out to me from the porch, "We're out of eggs, Jack!"
6: When I hear, "We're out of eggs, Jack!" that means my Daddy is taking me for a wagon ride down our street to visit Shadowbrook Farm.
8: It is a very lovely place. | It is a very lovely place.
10: I have many, many friends down on the farm. Here is my friend, Marshall. He's a Collie.
12: And somewhere under all that hair is Arianna the barn cat. Too bad she couldn't wake up to say hello.
14: This is Koti and Jasmine-together as always.
16: Koti is a Tennessee Walking Horse. He loves it when we run out of eggs. That usually means carrots for him.
18: And here come Ezra and Luigi. They are miniature donkeys.
20: My Dad told me Luigi's Great Great Grandfather was from Italy. He pulled a cart in an Italian coal mine.
22: Last to arrive is always Liam the Billy Goat. Liam is never very interested in my treats.
24: Going out to lunch for Liam and his friends usually means meeting up at the nearest dead branch. Goats will eat almost anything!
26: Bunny rabbits are all over Shadowbrook Farm. I have no idea why there are so many.
28: The chicken yard at Shadowbrook Farm is like Noah's Ark. My feathered friends come in all shapes and sizes.
30: There are whole different families of ducks and geese.
32: There are white ones.
34: There are white and black ones.
36: And of course, there are thirsty ones.
38: The Alaskan Geese are by far the funniest ones.
40: But my favorite ones are the chickens.
42: The chickens are the ones that lay the eggs for my breakfast.
46: The End
47: Afterword This book was written for a class assignment while getting my Masters Degree in Elementary Education. Shadowbrook Farm is located in the mountains of North Carolina. They breed miniature donkeys and rescue needy farm animals. Nicholas Friedman Brevard, North Carolina April 25, 2009