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The Enormous Egg Paperback – April 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 900L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (April 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316119202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316119207
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Quite a yarn. Recommended."—School Library Journal (double-starred review)

"[An] engagingly hilarious comedy."—Christian Science Monitor

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"Nate tells the story himself, and it is quite a yarn. Good for reading
aloud." -School Library Journal (double-starred review) --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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Customer Reviews

Purchased it for my 6 year old grandson who just loved it !
Jack
One morning, as Nate Twitchell goes to the hen house to collect eggs, he finds one of his chickens sitting on an enormous egg...it's even bigger than the hen.
Roz Levine
A favorite book of childhood - enjoyed by all of my kids - I still like to read it now and then.
Suzanne Carlson

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is about a young boy in Freedom, New Hampshire named Nate Twitchell and his discovery. The young boy went to fetch his hen one day and noticed that the hen had laid an enormous egg. Six weeks later the Twitchell family realizes that the egg hatched into something much bigger than they imagined, a triceratops. Scientists from all over went to New Hampshire to see this animal. Soon the dinosaur got to big to stay in Freedom. With the help of a paleontologist Nate gets down to Washington DC where he is turned away form the zoo because the animal would cost too much money to feed. Soon Nate and the scientist are trying to convince everyone why the dinosaur should stay.
This book is an easy read for a fifth grade class. The silly predicaments Nate and his dinosaur get in are great. Also there is suspense and frustration when Nate is denied a home for the rare/extinct animal. This chapter book has few pictures throughout but they are useful in assisting the imagination in order create this scenario in your mind. In this book there are also many true facts about dinosaurs that were great. Like how much it eats, grows, and weighs.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Tadd Clark, a 10 year old reader on March 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
I loved this book because it was a funny aventure. I thought the dinosaur, Uncle Beasley, was awesome. My favorite part was when he turmed over a truck on the highway. I thought it was funny! Nate was a cool guy because he rode the dinosaur and saved him from dying. Everybody would enjoy this book!
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on August 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
One morning, as Nate Twitchell goes to the hen house to collect eggs, he finds one of his chickens sitting on an enormous egg...it's even bigger than the hen. No one has ever seen anything like this before and Nate is determined to take care of the egg and make sure it hatches. But, taking care of the egg is a big chore. Nate has to turn it often, to keep it warm and watch it carefully. After six weeks it hatches and out comes, not a baby chick, but a baby triceratops. News of the birth of a dinosaur travels fast and soon doctors, scientists and even politicians are coming to town to have a look. As the dinosaur grows larger and larger, some decisions have to be made about where it will live and who will take the best care of it. Mr Butterworth has written a wonderful, fast paced story, narrated by Nate, that your kids will not want to stop reading. The Enormous Egg is an action packed, funny and sometimes poignant story full of interesting characters and great, vivid scenes. This is the perfect book for kids age 9-12 and a terrific read-aloud book the whole family can enjoy together.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Konrei on June 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
THE ENORMOUS EGG, written in 1956, is the fantastical tale of young Nate Twitchell of Freedom, New Hampshire, who, one fine day, discovers that one of his chickens has hatched out a baby Triceratops.

Author Oliver Butterworth has gifted generations with a classic satire on the American economic and political system, peopled by a cast of amusing characters with some really unforgettable names.

In trying to protect his odd pet from a veritable army of hucksters of every stripe who are trying to exploit "Uncle Beazley" for their own ends, Nate Twitchell teaches us a crucial civics lesson on the importance of free speech in a free society.

A fun and important book written for ten year olds, THE ENORMOUS EGG is appropriate for adults as well. Strongly recommended for all!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
To motivate students is a difficult task for a teacher. After reading The Enormous Egg about 10 years ago, I decided to create a thematic unit around it. I begin each year with this book and students love it. It's a great motivator and students are so interested and involved in the book they can't put it down. I recommend it as a classroom book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
The Enormous Egg is about a a boy, Nate, who lives in a farm and his hen who laid an egg. But a baby triceratops pops out! Nate named him Uncle Beasley who was Nate's real Uncle.
One day when Nate was fishing he met a dinosaur scientist named Dr. Ziemer. Dr Ziemer came every few weeks to see how the dinosaur was doing. Nate's Dad was the newspaper reporter for New Hampshire and he wrote an article about the dinosaur. People from Washington DC were calling about the dinosaur. All these people came and all these scientists came. During this time the dinosaur was getting bigger and bigger and bigger. Dr. Ziemer wanted Uncle Beasley to go to Washington DC so that scientists could study him but Nate didn't want that to happen. But when his teacher said that he could stay with the dinosaur for three weeks (and miss school) Nate said, "yes." In Washington DC a Senator wanted to kill the dinosaur because he thought it was too expensive to feed. Nate went on tv and people from all the states came to see Uncle Beasley and put money in a jar to help pay for his food. They ve $240,271.31! And the dinosaur was saved.
I liked this book because it was interesting. This is the first time I read a book about an egg that had a dinosaur in it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Shannon B. VINE VOICE on October 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
I teach 5th grade. My class reads this book almost every year as a literature unit. It's a wonderfully imaginative old fashioned story. It also gives classroom teachers a chance to talk about how our government works, the US Constitution and it has a very good message about the evils of McCarthyism (the story was written in the mid 1950's).

Every year it's a classroom favorite with both boys and girls. Kids love fantastic stories and dinosaurs. This book has both!

Highly recommended.
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