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Author: Charlotte Vivian Rodenberg
Publisher: Charlotte Vivian Rodenberg
Bronto is an Apatosaurus. This type of dinosaur has a long neck, tail and body. Bronto liked to munch on the leaves found on the very top of the trees. One morning he saw the nest of a pterodactyl, also known as dino birds, four large eggs. Bronto wondered where their mother could be. He could hear a faint whimpering sound coming from the eggs. He looked around and she was know where in site. Bronto took it upon himself to sit by the tree to watch over the eggs. He also kept a watch to see if the mother would return. That night, Bronto dreamed of flying with the birds over an erupting volcano. In his dream he taught the young dino birds all about the dangers of volcanoes. He taught them about molten lava and that smoke coming from a volcano is a signal to get away fast before it erupts.
The next morning Bronto decided to search for the momma dino. Time passed and he didn't see any creatures. The earth rumbled under his feet and he saw smoke coming from a nearby volcano. Bronto hurried back to the eggs. He buried the eggs in the ground to keep them safe. Once the eggs were safe, Bronto ran as fast as he could to get away from the lava that quickly covered the land. When the land cooled it cracked and the baby dinos were free and safe.
Rodenberg does a great job of sharing a tender story about a dinosaur. Young readers will enjoy the watercolor and ink illustrations. Parents and teachers who know children that love a good dinosaur story will enjoy learning about Bronto and the time of the dinosaur. Originally, Rodenberg created this story as a puppet show.