The Enormous Egg Study Guide

The Enormous Egg By Oliver Butterworth

One fine day in Freedom, New Hampshire, Nate Twitchell finds an egg in his henhouse that's bigger than the hen that's sitting on it. He's determined to take care of this bizarre oddity and make sure it hatches. Six long weeks of turning, keeping it warm, watching it carefully for cracks, and dealing with the hens later, the egg hatches, and a baby triceratops pops out.

News of the dinosaur's birth spreads like wildfire, and doctors, politicians, and scientists come from all over to poke at it. The triceratops grows larger and larger, and with the help of a paleontologist, the beast (now named Uncle Beasley after Nate's uncle) is moved to Washington, DC. Nate's teacher asks Nate if he'd like to take three weeks off of school to help the dinosaur, and Nate agreed instantly, traveling with the paleontologist. The DC Zoo turns the dinosaur away citing extreme food costs, and Nate and the scientist have to fight hard for the dinosaur, trying to convince everyone of why it should remain.

A Senator makes a move to simply kill Uncle Beasley, but Nate managed to get a spot on TV with Uncle Beasley, and he used the opportunity. He asked people from all over the country to send in their pocket change to help the poor triceratops, and he collects nearly a quarter of a million dollars; easily enough to pay for triceratops food for life. Thus, Uncle Beasley was saved.

About the Author

Oliver Butterworth was born in Hartford, Connecticut and he spent much of his life teaching: at Kent School in Kent, Connecticut from 1937 to 1947 and later at Junior School in West Hartford, Connecticut from 1947 to 1949. Beginning in 1947, he taught English at the Hartford College for Women in Hartford, Connecticut, and he continued doing so until the late 1980s.

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