THEY TURNED TO STONE by Julian May

THEY TURNED TO STONE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

When you see a stone, pick it up... Maybe it was once alive. Some stones were alive long, long, ago."" That's how the book begins, and it repeats this misleading statement straight through. Even in the one example given of how a fossil is formed there is no indication that organic matter does not become stone. Nor does the book offer anything substantial in the way of basic information on the subject; for instance, there is no delineation of the three different types of fossilization (imprints, molds and petrifactions) although all three are pictured indiscriminately. Where should one look for fossils? ""You could go to certain parts of Wyoming, or many other places."" The text urges the readers to go fossil hunting , but without the boost of the pictures they wouldn't have the slightest idea what to look for. The drawings of fossils have been executed with scientific accuracy, but the bland coloring and the stationary people are uninviting.

Pub Date: Oct. 15th, 1965
Publisher: Holiday House