"My Dinosaur Adventure"
was created especially for
at the age of 7
for your English education with love from
Mommy and Daddy
Nov 1, 2012
Tenma Mori of Mitaka-shi had a
special dream. His favorite books to
read from the library were always
those about dinosaurs, but he wanted
to learn a lot more about them. As he
was thinking about this, a beautiful
white unicorn appeared at his bedroom
To his surprise, the unicorn spoke,
'Tenma, I want to take you to the
Land of the Dinosaurs. Can you come
with me?'' Tenma said, ''Wow! I
would love to go, but first I must ask
permission and leave a note for Eito,
Shohei and Satoru.'' Moments later,
the unicorn whisked him back in time
to the Land of the Dinosaurs.
When Tenma and the unicorn arrived at
the shore of the beautiful lake, an
greeted them. He was longer than a
big school bus. "What is your name?"
asked Tenma. "I don't have one"
answered the plant-eating dinosaur
sadly. "No one has ever named any of
us." Tenma thought for a while and
then said, "I will call you Stretch.''
''Look at that mountain over there! "
shouted Tenma, pointing off into the
distance. ''Is it on fire?'' he asked.
Oh no, that's just a volcano, replied
the unicorn. "Look all around you.
The Land of the Dinosaurs is filled
with many, many volcanoes, swamps and
fern jungles.'' Tenma added, ''It's also
While exploring, they met a
stegosaurus (steg-uh-SORE-us). ''He
sure does have a lot of sharp points on
his back," whispered Tenma. ''Those
are called plates,'' said the unicorn. ''A
stegosaurus uses them for protection.
They also trap heat from the sun to
help keep them warm.'' Tenma told the
stegosaurus, ''A great name for you
would be Spike.''
Next, Tenma and the unicorn entered a
dense, humid forest where they found
giant ferns and many reptiles of all
sizes and shapes. While there, they
heard a strange, snapping sound in the
distance and cautiously crept closer to
investigate. After all, Tenma had
wanted to come here to learn as much
as he could about dinosaurs!
Not far away, they met an allosaurus
(al-us-SORE-us). She had large teeth
and stood on powerful, hind legs. A
huge tail helped her to stand up. ''So
you are the one who is making all that
noise,'' said Tenma. ''I shall name you
Alli." Alli said, ''Thank you,'' as she
handed Tenma a branch of flowers.
Tenma was having so much fun in the
Land of the Dinosaurs that he had not
noticed that his friend the unicorn was
crying. ''Why are you crying?" asked
Tenma. ''You have given names to
everyone today except me,'' sighed the
unicorn. ''Oh, I'm sorry. Ariel would
be the perfect name for you,'' said
Tenma. ''I love it!'' smiled the
wide-eyed unicorn with a big grin.
''Thank you! ''
As they were talking, a tiny
compsognathus (komp-sog-NAY-thus) ,
about the size of a cat, raced past
them and said, ''You must follow me. There
is something you will want to see."
Tenma and Ariel chased after him.
'Wow! He is as fast as lightning.
That's a great name for him,'' shouted
Tenma as he ran.
They ran and ran until they came to
some rugged, rocky cliffs. Lightning
showed Tenma a nest along the top of
one of the cliffs and directed him to
get a close look. The nest contained
three baby pterodactyls
(ter-uh-DAK-tuls). ''Who is supposed
to be taking care of these babies?"
''I am!'' echoed a voice, circling above
them. Just then a large pterodactyl
glided past them. Tenma found it hard
to believe that a lizard could fly. Its
wing span was about as long as his
arm. Tenma decided that Dack would
be a fine name for a flying lizard. The
father pterodactyl glided down to the
nest. Ariel was quietly talking to
Dack, but Tenma could not hear what
they were saying.
Tenma, Ariel and the pterodactyl flew
back across the Land of the Dinosaurs
until they once more reached the
beautiful lake. This time Tenma saw a
lot of activity at the water's edge.
Dinosaurs were decorating the beach
with streamers and balloons. Tenma
wanted to help decorate and wondered if
he could go to the party.
As they landed, a pentaceratops
(pen-tuh-SARE-uh-tops) rushed to
greet them. Tenma quickly counted
the five horns on his head and decided
to call him Penti. Then he asked if he
could help them decorate. ''I want you
to come with me, but for a different
reason,'' replied Penti. "We have a
surprise for you!''
The dinosaurs were gathered around a
large two-tiered cake. ''What a
beautiful cake! '' exclaimed Tenma.
''It's for you!'' shouted his new friends.
Now Tenma knew what Ariel had
whispered to Dack. The dinosaurs
realized that Tenma had to return soon
and had wanted to help him remember
his first Visit to the Land of the
After the party, Alli, the allosaurus,
told Tenma that it was time to leave
for Mitaka-shi. Tenma was a bit sad, but
could hardly wait to tell Eito,
Shohei and Satoru about his exciting
adventures. Before he left, they all
thanked Tenma for the nice names he had
Ariel flew Tenma home and said, ''I
also have a surprise for you, Tenma.''
In his room, he found a dinosaur cake
with a personalized card signed by all
the dinosaurs. Tenma hugged Ariel
for making his secret dream come true
and told her how much he had enjoyed
his trip to the Land of the Dinosaurs.
''I will never forget what you have
done for me! Thank you for my
fabulous dinosaur adventure. ''
Here are the pronunciations for the
dinosaurs you have read about in MY
DINOSAUR ADVENTURE. Use your book
to spell them correctly
What other dinosaurs can you name，Tenma？