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"The Strange Adventures of an Easter Egg," also published under the shortened title "An Easter Egg," is a short story by L. Frank Baum. It was originally published on Easter Sunday, 29 March 1902, syndicated in a number of American newspapers. (The Sunny South, the Sunday supplement of the Atlanta Constitution, was one of the print venues in which it appeared.) Some papers printed shortened versions of the story along with a shortened title.

The story was included in the second edition of American Fairy Tales in 1908, and was reprinted in The Baum Bugle in 1967.

Baum makes his Easter egg tale a round-robin story: a chicken lays an egg that contains a gold coin. The egg is dyed for Easter and passes from hand to hand until it reaches a poor girl. In the process, Baum gets in a dig at organized religion: a minster who possesses the egg passes it on because it is poorly dyed, and in expectation of gratitude. (The minister's wife also passes the egg along, but more in a spirit of Christian charity.)

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