The Hatching How
    Footnotes

    “The Hatching How,” Friend, May 1972, inside front cover

    The Hatching How

    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!

    Illustrated by Beverly Johnston