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Children's LiteratureOne day in 1799, a farmer in New York discovers the biggest bone he's ever seen. He digs harder and finds a whole bunch of bones but not enough to determine just what he has found. Hence, the farm and townspeople call it "the great unknown." Soon after, Charles Peale, a museum owner in Philadelphia, buys the bones from the farmer. In an attempt to find the remaining bones, Mr. Peale looks in the original place where the farmer found the bones. But water now fills the hole, and not even a pump can get all of the water out. After Peale searches all of the other swamps in the area, amazingly, he finds the missing pieces, assembles the bones, and puts the great skeleton in his museum. This enjoyable introduction to the mysteries hidden below the earth will introduce younger readers to the interesting field of archeology. 2001, Houghton Mifflin, Ages 6 to 10.
— Daniel Peters