RARE TREASURE by Don Brown

RARE TREASURE

Mary Anning and Her Remarkable Discoveries
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Age Range: 4 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

Anning’s life has proven irresistible for picture-book creators in recent months, with Catherine Brighton’s The Fossil Girl (p. 627) and Laurence Anholt’s Stone Girl, Bone Girl (p. 62) among the entries. Brown (One Giant Leap, 1998, etc.) opens with the thrilling incident from Mary’s infancy: while her nursemaid and two companions died under a tree struck by lightning, Mary survived. Taught by her father to hunt for fossils on the rocky beaches and cliffs near Lyme Regis, Mary continued to do so after his death, to help support herself and her family. Without formal education, she studied and read and always pursued fossils, despite physical danger. Richard Owens, the scientist who coined the word “dinosaur,” came to hunt fossils with her. Brown’s prose has a light and poetic touch, and his watercolors, with their dramatic vistas, small figures, and fossil sketches, suit the tone nicely. He effortlessly imbues a small, appealing package with a lot of information, and a little inspiration besides. (Picture book/biography. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-395-92286-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 1999




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