Anderson, age 5, of
Medford, Wisconsin, loved to play with dinosaur
toys. In his room there were many of them:
big ones, little ones, tall ones and short ones.
Tammy, Alexis, and Lauryn knew how much
Jason was looking at pictures in
favorite dinosaur book. A fierce tyrannosaurus rex with big, sharp teeth
was wrestling another meat-eating dinosaur, called an allosaurus. A
pterodactyl, a huge flying lizard with wings, was flying in the air watching
the battle. Jason concentrated hard on the
The dinosaurs seemed to come
alive. A lizard with a long neck, fat body and a huge tail stood beside a
beautiful lagoon. A brightly colored spotted egg lay in a cozy nest near a
friendly looking beast. In the distance, a duckbill dinosaur, called a
trachodon, walked on two legs chewing giant ferns.
Jason was in the tropical forest with the dinosaurs.
"Wow, the dinosaurs eat so much!
I'm afraid they will eat me,"
"Are you as sweet as this palm
tree?" someone asked in a friendly voice.
"Who said that?"
"I am a brontosaurus called
Thunderfoot," replied the long-necked lizard.
"Do you eat children?"
Jason asked. Thunderfoot lowered her long neck
and examined Jason carefully.
"You don't look very tasty," Thunderfoot decided. "And I only eat plants. Anyway, it's time to go to
sleep at the top of the mountain."
The giant creature gently covered
her egg and joined the other dinosaurs.
The dinosaurs snored very loudly as
Jason heard a much louder noise. The mountain was exploding! Fire
and melted rock poured out of the volcano.
"Wake up, everyone! Wake up!
Jason shouted. "Oh, please, we must hurry away
from here and get to the water."
The dinosaurs loudly lumbered to
the safe lagoon.
"We are all safe, thanks to
Jason," the dinosaurs chanted.
The dinosaurs were so thankful they
decided to have a party to honor Jason. During
the party, they danced and thumped their tails until the ground shook.
"What a wonderful celebration!"
Jason said. "I wish
Tammy, Alexis, and Lauryn could join the fun."
Jason noticed a change in the brightly colored spotted egg in the
nest by the lagoon.
"Look over there!" called
Jason. "Thunderfoot's egg is hatching!"
Snap! A little head poked through
the top of the shell. The sides broke away and out stumbled a baby dinosaur
with a long neck, fat body and big lizard tail.
A pterodactyl neighbor flew close
to visit the baby dinosaur. Thunderfoot and her baby walked toward the
beautiful lagoon. Other dinosaurs returned to the tropical rain forest.
"Please stay with us forever,"
pleaded the dinosaurs.
answered, "I would love to stay with you, but I can't. I must return to my
home in Medford, Wisconsin.
Tammy, Alexis, and Lauryn will be worried."
closed his eyes and waved farewell to the dinosaurs.
opened his eyes, the picture in the dinosaur
book had changed. The brightly colored spotted egg was no longer in the
cozy nest by the lagoon.
Now, a brand-new baby dinosaur
stood nose to nose with its proud mother, Thunderfoot.