The Hatching How

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    Hey, soft fluffy chicken, can you tell
    How you ever broke out of your shell?
    I know!
    Though you are small and still a bit weak,
    You pecked with the hatching tooth on your beak.
    It’s sharp and strong and helped you crack through.
    Now the tooth will drop off in a day or two.
    All birds hatch this same way too!
    A crocodile has a hatching spike
    That grows on the end of his snout.
    Baby snakes and lizards too
    Have spikes to help them out.
    But on an insect’s eggshell
    There’s a slightly weakened place
    That pops out when it’s pressed
    Like a door or window space
    And lets the baby bug come through
    Into the springtime sun.
    Now if you’ve ever wondered—
    That’s how the hatching’s done!

    [illustration] Illustrated by Beverly Johnston