1. Ponder the Egg – Write an assembly on the Twitchell’s farm. People it with all the members of Nate’s family – and all the animals on the farm. Show the Twitchells going about their business tending to the animals on the farm. And – right in the center of the stage – have an enormous, clearly-much-bigger-than-a-hen egg displayed on some kind of a hay-based nest or platform. It might be funny – and intriguing – if each member of the farm – animals and people – each “discover” the egg on their way to and from the stables. It would be one thing to have Nate or Cynthia or either of Nate’s parents or even Mrs. Parsons “discover” the egg – do a double-take – stop in their tracks – and then start scratching their heads and looking the egg over, trying to make sense of it. It would be even funnier to have animals – a goat, a cow, the rooster! – do the same thing. That look of eyebrow raising shock and surprise – eyes popping – is what you’re after. I imagine it would get funnier and funnier with each “discovery.” And it would probably be better not to have the characters talk about it – make it normal. Keep it quiet and mysterious. Let the audience imagine what they “characters” on stage are imagining. That will draw students into the book – eager to find out how the egg got there and what’s inside.
4. Nate’s speech – Recreate Nate’s television speech – to heighten interest in the book and perhaps to create mystery about how it ends. I envision a dinosaur skeleton on stage. (It doesn’t have to be big. In fact, it might be even better if it’s small – as children won’t actually know if the dinosaur grows up.) Re-write Nate’s speech so it doesn’t give away the whole story. Something on the order of, “Imagine if you had been collecting the hen eggs one day, and you found an unusual egg. A huge, mysterious, enormous egg. And you tended the egg – and the egg hatched – and out came – not a lizard, but a baby dinosaur! What would you do with that dinosaur? Would you take care of it? Would you feed it? Would you tell the world about it? Would you try to keep it for yourself? Would you protect it from other people – curious people – people who wanted to use the dinosaur for themselves? How would you keep the dinosaur safe? But if you did all that – if you did take care of the dinosaur – if you did try to protect it – you’d want that dinosaur to live wouldn’t you? You’d want to have that dinosaur forever – wouldn’t you? Wouldn’t you? You wouldn’t want anyone to take that dinosaur away? Or…” I’m not quite sure how to end it here. Perhaps an announcer or emcee could come on stage and interrupt the child actor playing Nate and say, “I’m sorry, that’s all the time we have.” Perhaps a little anti-climactic. But supposed to leave the audience w/ a sense of curious mystery. You could make it safer – wrap it up and make it clearer – if whoever’s running your assembly (and introducing the book) then says something on the order of, “Find out what happens to Nate’s dinosaur when we read The Enormous Egg.”