- Auxiliary Books
- The Trumpet of the Swan
- Trouble According to Humphrey
- The Indian in the Cupboard
- Because of Winn-Dixie
- The BFG
- Love That Dog
- Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
- A Cricket in Times Square
- A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears
- Bud, Not Buddy
- The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
- Island of Blue Dolphins
- In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
- The World According to Humphrey
- The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
- My Side of the Mountain
- The Lemonade War
- The Enormous Egg
- Hate That Cat
- A Long Way from Chicago
- The Mouse and the Motorcycle
- Mr. Popper’s Penguins
- The Phantom Tollbooth
- Charlotte’s Web
- The Witches
- James and the Giant Peach
The Enormous Egg
Such a simple fantasy – you’d almost call it timeless. But Oliver Butterworth doesn’t play it for fantasy. He has something else in mind – and its effective enough that this little chestnut just celebrated its 50th birthday – and is now charming and invigorating families and schools districts in the 21st century.
Young Nate Twitchell lives on a farm in New Hampshire. His days are filled with chores and his ambitions center on his responsibilities. Until the day one of his hens lays an unusual egg – a pre-historic egg – a Paleolithic egg… And that’s when Nate’s odyssey begins.
Butterworth doesn’t play it for laughs. He brings in some science on dinosaurs and diets and pre-historic times – but it’s never heavy or tendentious. There’s even a professor or two, but what they have to say is always filtered through Nate’s perspective and understanding – so it’s simple enough that even 1st graders can understand it.
Which means that readers of all ages will identify with Nate as he ventures to Washington D.C. – and be equally charmed and amused and thrilled by the prospect of walking your dinosaur on the National Mall!
When things turn serious – Butterworth puts the ethical burden – the decision on what to do that’s right and wrong – and how to push for it – on Nate’s shoulders. The simplicity and bluntness – the accessibility – of Nate’s speech – may turn out to be a template for student election speeches for a quick generation of elementary school students in your district.
Which makes The Enormous Egg an easy book for your district – students and parents alike – to investigate. It will lead all to a sure and simple understanding of students’ priorities.
There are five supplementary resources for Oliver Butterworth’s The Enormous Egg:
- a sample letter home to parents
- a sample reading schedule
- a Trivia Bank
- a list of suggested activities
- suggested assembly ideas
As a participating member of One School, One Book you may have access to all of these documents. Here are some samples: