Mary Anning is probably the world's best-known fossil-hunter. As a little girl, she found a fossilised sea monster, the most important prehistoric discovery of its time. Best-selling author Laurence Anholt turns Mary's fascinating life into a beautiful story, ideal for reading aloud. Sheila Moxley's luscious pictures vividly evoke the coastal setting and the real-life dramas of this spectacular tale.
|Publisher:||Frances Lincoln Children's Books|
|Product dimensions:||9.20(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.30(d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Laurence Anholt is part of a husband-and-wife team who have worked together on more than 60 picture books, published all over the world in more than 17 different languages. Their picture books – including the Chimp and Zee series – have won numerous awards and have been featured on television and radio. Laurence has been described by William Watt as one of the most versatile authors writing for children today. He was brought up mainly in Holland where he developed a lasting passion for art. He is a much sought after public speaker, appearing at conferences such as the European Council of International Schools Conference, the Northern Children's Book Festival and the Edinburgh Festival.
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Sheila Moxley studied at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and graphic design at St Martin's School of Art. Skip Across the Ocean, a collection by Floella Benjamin, was her first book for Frances Lincoln. Her other books include Joy to the World by Saviour Pirotta, Heather Maisner's Diary of a Princess, Rebecca's Passover by Adele Geras and All the Colours of the Earth, a collection of rhymes edited by Wendy Cooling. She lives in Falmouth, Cornwall.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Stone Girl, Bone Girl tells the story of Mary Anning, an extraordinarily prolific fossil hunter born in England in 1799. When Mary began fossil hunting, she did not understand the significance of what she was finding. She was just hunting for curiosities, which she could sell to tourists in Lyme to make a bit of money for her extremely poor family. Her first major find came at the age of 12, when she uncovered an ichthyosaur. Over the years as she continued to hunt in and around the cliffs of Lyme Regis, Mary Anning found hundreds of fossils, including plesiosaurs, pterosaurs, and several more ichthyosaurs. Although she herself never left Lyme Regis, the fossils Mary found made their way to museums worldwide and contributed to the work of many of the major scientists of the day. Among them was Charles Darwin, who used her fossils to help develop the theory of evolution, which he described in his book, On the Origin of Species, published in 1859. The good: I found this book nearly as interesting as my daughter, and so, didn't mind reading it to her as many times as she asked. My daughter loved that Mary Anning found her first important fossil at the tender age of 12. I love that she hunted for it despite being laughed at by the other children, and that she persisted in fossil hunting even though it was an odd thing for a woman, much less a 12-year-old girl, to do in early 19th C England. And we both enjoyed the illustrations, which are dramatic and imaginative. What I didn't care for: The mysticism surrounding the dog. I didn't much care for the dog being presented as the spirit of Mary's father, come to comfort her after his death and find the ichthyosaur for her. And of course, now that I know that it was really Joseph, Mary's brother who found the ichthyosaur, I like the way Anholt presented Mary's dog even less. (Joseph apparently didn't like fossil hunting and was content to allow his sister to take the credit.) That said, many details of Mary Anning's life obviously had to be compressed or omitted altogether to fit the 24 pages allotted to it. What is told is told well, and left both of us wanting to know more about this remarkable woman. And that, in the end, is what you want a biography written for children to do. (Review originally published on my blog: Caterpickles -- Scientific & Linguistic Engagement with a 4 Year Old Mind)