This story is based on the real life of Mary Anning, who grew up in an English seacoast village and who, during her early...

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MARY ANNING'S TREASURES

This story is based on the real life of Mary Anning, who grew up in an English seacoast village and who, during her early nineteenth century youth, made some important fossil discoveries. At the time the fossils were popularly called curiosities and were a faddish item for collectors, who generally used them as ornaments. Mary Anning's interest and skill at digging out the fossils was encouraged by some of the most up-to-date geologists of the time, and this book follows through to her discovery and reconstruction (she was twelve) of the first ichthyosaurus. The quaint opinions of the period about what fossils were and their origins are interesting, and girls will enjoy Mary Anning's early success story, but the constant repetition of rock collecting trips and the mediocre characterization make this a weak novel.

Pub Date: March 1, 1966

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: McGraw-Hill-Whittlesey

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1966