The Strange Egg is a very popular bedtime short story. This is a tale about a very good dinosaur. Do you want to know more about a kind of dinosaur? Read this full story to get more knowledge about Molly and her dinosaur. This is one of my favorite stories to tell my children.
Once, Molly found a strange leathery egg in the swamp. She put it under Mrs. Warm, the broody hen, to hatch it out. It hatched out into a sort of dragon. Her father said, “This is no ordinary dragon. This is a dinosaur.”
“What is a dinosaur?” Asked Molly.
“Well,” said her father, “A long time ago there were a lot of dinosaurs. They were all big lizards. Some of them were bigger than houses. They all died long ago. All except this one,” he added gloomily. “I hope it is not one of the larger meat-eating lizards as then it might grow up to worry the sheep.”
The dinosaur followed Mrs. Warm about. She scratched worms for it, but the dinosaur liked plants better. “Ah,” said Molly’s father. “It is a plant-eating dinosaur. One of the milder kinds. They are stupid but good-natured,” he added.
Professors of all ages came from near and far to see Molly’s dinosaur. She led it around on a string. Every day she needed a longer piece of string. The dinosaur grew as big as ten elephants. It ate all the flowers in the garden, and Molly’s mother got cross.
“I am tired of having no garden and I am tired of making tea for all the professors, ” she said. “Let’s send the dinosaur to the zoo.”
“No,” said Father. “The place wouldn’t be the same without it.” So the dinosaur stayed. Mrs. Warm used to perch on it every night. She had never before hatched such a grand, successful egg
One day it began to rain. It rained and rained and rained and rained so heavily that the water in the river was soon so deep it overflowed. “A flood, a flood-we will drown,” screamed Molly’s mother. “Hush, dear,” said Molly’s father. “We will ride to a safe place on Molly’s dinosaur. Whistle to it, Molly.”
Molly whistled and the dinosaur came toward her with Mrs. Warm the hen, wet and miserable, on its back. Molly and her father and mother climbed onto the dinosaur’s back with her. They held an umbrella over themselves and had warm drinks out of a thermos flask. As soon as they left the house, the house was swept away by the flood.
“Well, dear, there you are,” said Molly’s father. “You see it was useful to have a dinosaur, after all. And I am now able to tell you that this is the biggest kind of dinosaur and its name is Diplodocus.” Molly was pleased to think her pet had such a long, dignified-sounding name. It matched it well.
As they went along, they rescued a lot of other people climbing trees and housetops and floating on chicken crates and fruit boxes. They rescued cats and dogs, two horses, and an elephant that was floating away from a circus. The dinosaur paddled on cheerfully. By the time they came in sight of dry land, its back was quite crowded. On the land, police officers were getting boats ready to go looking for people, but all the people were safe on the dinosaur’s back.
After the flood went down and everything was as it should be, a fine medal was awarded to Molly’s dinosaur as Most Heroic Animal of the Year, and many presents were given to it. The biggest present of all was a great big swimming pool made of rubber so it could be blown up. It was so big it took one man nearly a year to blow it up. It was a good size for dinosaurs of the Diplodocus type. And It lived in the swimming pool after that (and Molly’s mother was able to grow her flowers again). It is well known that diplodocuses like to swim and paddle. It took the weight off its feet.
Mrs. Warm the hen used to swim with it a bit, and it is not very often you find a swimming hen. So, you see this story has a happy ending after all, which is not easy with a pet as big as ten elephants. And just to end the story I must tell you that though Molly’s dinosaur had the long name of Diplodocus, Molly always called it Rosie.
End of the Story The Strange Egg
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