I'm doubtful that ya'll know anything about this story, but when I was younger, say around 6th grade, I read ahead in a textbook. It said it was an "excerpt" from a larger book. I remember this from the story: It was about dragons. There was a young boy who dreamed of having his own dragon. Each day after school or whatever it was they went to, they would go to the cave where the dragons laid the eggs. Each type of egg had different designs and each design designated the "species" of dragon. The boys would pick out their egg and talk to it, care for it, pet it, etc. There was an older boy who had one last chance to get a dragon because of his age. But he was a big bully to the younger boy. The older boy picked out the rarest of the rare eggs and would take care of it. After everyone else left, the youngest boy would sneak back and would talk to the egg, sing to the egg, etc. Well, the day of the hatch finally happened and the oldest boy did something to make the youngest boy miss the hatching. The youngest boy was stuck at home and all the eggs hatched. The "rare" egg hatched but didn't go to the oldest boy. That's when the teacher called on me to read and I got into trouble for not keeping up with the class... Anyway, does anyone know of this story??