Author: Louis Slobodkin
Copyright Date: 1951
Pagination: 30 p.
Once upon a time
A long, long, long time ago
There was once a young dinosaur named Dinny.
Dinny lived with his mother and father,
Who were great big dinosaurs,
And with his many (very many) brothers and sisters
In a broad, pretty, rather damp meadow.
This family of dinosaurs was really very gentle.
They liked to eat little trees, flowers and mosses.
And since there were a lot of growing things in the meadow,
Dinny and his hundreds of brothers and sisters
Lived peacefully and happily together.
One day Dinny wandered away from his mother and father
And his hundreds of brothers and sisters.
As he walked along he nibbled
A little of this ...
And a little of that.
He walked along happily until he came
To the edge of the broad meadow.
There through the bushes
He saw a particularly nice flower.
Dinny galloped greedily through the brush
Towards the particularly nice flower.
Suddenly he found himself sinking in a soft muddy swamp
That was all around the flower!
He tried to pull himself out But he could not!