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The Enormous Egg

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ISBN13: 9780316119207
ISBN10: 0316119202
Condition: Standard
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Young Nate Twitchell is surprised when one of the hens on his family farm lays a giant egg. After a painstaking wait, Nate is even more surprised when it hatches and out pops a baby triceratops that he names Uncle Beazley! But when Nate decides to keep the dino and raise it on his own, he has no idea what he's getting himself into. As Uncle Beazley grows, Nate and his family realize they are not equipped to take care of a full-sized dinosaur, and so with the help of their scientist friend, Nate and Uncle Beazley set off for the National Museum in Washington, D.C., on the hunt for the perfect home for a modern-day dinosaur---then the real trouble begins!

The Enormous Egg was originally published in 1956 and has been a classic in children's literature ever since. This brand new edition features amazing new illustrations from Eisner-award winning graphic novelist Mark Crilley (creator of Akiko and Miki Falls).

Synopsis:

Nate, a 12-year-old boy living in New Hampshire, takes over the care of an enormous egg laid by one of the family's hens, and the last thing he expects to hatch from it is a triceratops! Illustrations.

About the Author

Oliver Butterworth was born in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1918. Before his death in 1990, he taught English at the Hartford College of Women for 43 years.

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Home School Book Review, May 29, 2013 (view all comments by Home School Book Review)
Twelve-year-old Nathan (Nate) Twitchell lives on a small farm near Freedom, NH, with his father Walter who runs the local newspaper, the Freedom Sentinel, mother, and ten-year-old sister Cynthia. In the middle of June, one of their hens starts looking pretty queer and gets so big that she could hardly waddle. Later she lays the biggest egg that Nate had ever seen. It has a leathery shell and is as big as a mushmelon, measuring fifteen inches around and weighing three pounds and a quarter. What do you think finally hatches out of that egg one Sunday morning?

Well, it isn’t a chicken. It is a dinosaur called Triceratops. As luck would have it, Dr. Oscar Ziemer, a paleontologist with the National Museum in Washington, DC, just happens to be vacationing in the area, staying with the MacPhersons down at the nearby lake, and has heard about the egg, so he asks to be notified when it hatches. Nate names the dinosaur Uncle Beazley, after his mom’s great-uncle John Beazley. The Triceratops begins to eat and grow��"and eat and grow��"and eat and grow, until most of the available grass in the whole neighborhood is gone. What will the Twitchells do, especially when the weather gets too cold for a dinosaur? Dr. Ziemer suggests sending it to the National Museum in Washington. But with the change from the quiet country to the busy city, what will happen to Uncle Beazley?

I started liking this book as soon as I began reading it. Aside from a few common euphemisms (darn, gosh, golly, and gee), one use of the exclamation “My Lord,” and some references to tobacco use and a brand of whisky, the biggest objection that might be lodged against it is the evolutionary presuppositions undergirding the story. There are copious mentions of “millions of years ago.” While we creationists reject this hypothesized scenario, the vast majority of the world accepts it, and the book is fiction anyway, so with that understanding one can still enjoy the story. I did notice a couple of things about the book that I appreciated. Nate is told in no uncertain terms when he asks if they still have to go to church on the morning when the egg hatches that “there’s no reason to give up going to church just because we’ve got a dinosaur out back.” And the way Senator Granderson is pictured as wanting to get the federal government involved in nearly every aspect of our individual lives is certainly true to form.
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I love this book. It is so funny and wierd. I really enjoyed this book alot. I wish that I had my own copy, to read in school & at home.






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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316119207
Author:
Darling, Louis
Author:
Darling, Louis
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Location:
Boston :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Children's fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Dinosaurs
Subject:
Eggs
Subject:
New hampshire
Subject:
Triceratops
Subject:
Dinosaurs -- Eggs.
Subject:
Children s humor
Subject:
Animals - Dinosaurs
Copyright:
Series Volume:
48
Publication Date:
19930401
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
188
Dimensions:
7.42x5.14x.52 in. .26 lbs.
Age Level:
09-12

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