Saturday, July 12, 2008

The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth


Nate Twitchell and his family are rather surprised when their hen lays an enormous egg. The hen faithfully incubates the egg with some help from Nate on the turning of it and the egg hatches. The egg contains a dinosaur. The plot thickens as Senator in Washington D.C. makes this speech:


"Do we want our children to grow up to be forward-looking citizens of our forward looking country? Then we must not let them dwell on the useless creatures of the past, the foolish mistakes of Nature discarded long before Columbus planted the American flag on our beautiful shores. No, gentlemen, there must be no living in the past for us, but rather we must bravely face the future, and march on together, hand in hand and shoulder to shoulder, to that glorious destiny that lies before us."
Obviously there were some people in the story who did not want to have the dinosaur around. Nate and his paleontologist friend need to find some way to save the dinosaur, before it is too late. I really enjoyed the characters and this story. I recommend this as a book to read aloud to your children.

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