Little Mary Arming scoured the cliffs of Lyme Regis with her father for fossil ""curiosities"" to sell to the tourists. And...

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MARY'S MONSTER

Little Mary Arming scoured the cliffs of Lyme Regis with her father for fossil ""curiosities"" to sell to the tourists. And after her father's death (""Then one terrible day, Mr. Anning collapsed and died quite suddenly""), she continued the business and discovered the remains of an Icthyosaurus that became known as ""The Mystery of Lyme Regis"" and revolutionized British geology. Blair has done her research and there are glimpses of early 19th century life--bathing machines, quotes from Walpole--as welt as little lectures on paleontology and the state of scientific knowledge in Mary's day. But, carefully constructed as it is, Mary's story is so thinly and awkwardly fictionalized that it stands little chance of survival outside the classroom.

Pub Date: April 1, 1975

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 62

Publisher: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1975