First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger.
This picture book opens with pages filled with thick paint and deep color. It features paper cut-outs which children love that demonstrate transformations in nature. From egg to chicken, from tadpole to frog, from caterpillar to butterfly. Each transformation offers a cut-out panel and friendly, simple paintings. The text of the book is equally accessible with just a few words per page and plenty of pictorial clues to the content.
Highly recommended for early readers, this book would also be welcome in any classroom of toddlers and preschoolers.