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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 480L (What's this?)
  • Series: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reissue edition (March 21, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064450937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064450935
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 8.6 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3 --In this revised edition, Aliki has revamped the previous four-color edition with lively full-color illustrations, also adding the pointed, conversational observations of children as they make discoveries along with readers. In clear, precise language, she explains how dinosaur tracks are cast in mud, how insects trapped in sticky tree sap harden into amber, and how fossils of tropical plants are found in very cold places. The children populating these pages are boys and girls of every color, on foot or in wheelchair, all of them active observers with scientific curiosities; they are apparently making these discoveries in a museum, marveling and enjoying the bits of history cast in stone. The book closes with a suggestion for creating a one-minute fossil by making a clay imprint of a hand, letting it dry, and burying it for someone to find a million years from now. School and public libraries will want to replace the old edition with this one. --Denia Lewis Hester, Dewey School, Evanston, IL
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

What is a fossil?

Sometimes it's the imprint of an ancient leaf in a rock. Sometimes it's a woolly mammoth, frozen for thousands of years in the icy ground. Sometimes it's the skeleton of a stegosaurus that has turned to stone.

A fossil is anything that has been preserved, one way or another, that tells about life on Earth. But you can make a fossil, too--something to be discovered a million years from now--and this book will tell you how.


More About the Author

Aliki is the author and illustrator of more than fifty books for children that are treasured by readers all over the world. Her many well-loved titles include My Visit to the Zoo, My Visit to the Aquarium, My Visit to the Dinosaurs, Wild and Woolly Mammoths, Tabby, and Those Summers. Aliki lives near the Globe theater, in London, England.

In Her Own Words..."Aliki grew up in Philadelphia in a big Greek family where everyone was busy creating and sharing their activities. She knew from the time she was in kindergarten that she wanted to bean artist, although music was also a natural talent. She was encouraged throughout her early life by her parents and by teachers she will never forget."She graduated from the Philadelphia Collegeof Art and started a career in advertising art. After she married Franz Brandenberg, Aliki continued her career in his country, Switzerland, where they lived for three years. It was there that she wrote and illustrated her first book, The Story of William Tell, which was published in England. When they moved to New York, Aliki wrote and illustrated My Five Senses--the book that changed the direction of her career and her life.

Although she had never thought of being a writer, Aliki has been making books ever since. Children's books, she says, are a combination of two things I love: words and pictures. I also love the privacy of books--both reading them and making them. Aliki writes fiction, in which she can express her feelings, and nonfiction research books about subjects she's interested in and wants to know more about. Each book is a new challenge; each is different, she says. The subject directs the way I illustrate a book, the same way friends bring out different parts of us. The challenge is to get the words right and then to make pictures that expand and enhance their meaning.""Besides her own books, Aliki has illustrated many written by Franz Brandenberg and other authors. Her two children are also in the arts. Jason is a filmmaker and Alexa is a children's book author-illustrator. They appear in almost all of her books as cats, mice, or themselves.

Aliki loves music, theater, cinema, museums, children, her cat, Nefertiti, and working in her garden in London, where she lives. She travels frequently to the U.S., Greece, Switzerland, and other parts of the world, though most of the time she is alone in her studio with the books she is working on--and Mozart."

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My 6 yr old loved it!
TC
It creates an interest in fossils and will probably send the children digging in the dirt!
DPeris
The book was easy to understand the artwork was engaging.
plcg

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
Fossils tell of long ago is a good book for children. Brightly illustrated pictures help them grasp the facts of fossils. It includes a fun experiment, too, along with a clear explanation of how fossils were made. I give this book four stars.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jason Orendorff on September 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
I'm quite taken with this one myself. We just picked the 1990 Revised Edition off the library shelves this week. What a find! It's 32 pages and just about every page is a home run. There's no fluff. The scientific content is spot-on. And the book is thick with fascinating stuff. We see rocks formed from mud, coal from peat, and amber from sap; geological changes; paleontologists at work --and did you know a whole woolly mammoth was found frozen in the Siberian tundra in 1901?

Usually I can take or leave Aliki's smiling schoolchildren and their cartoon speech balloons. Here, everything they say is interesting or illustrative, and their enthusiasm is contagious.

My 5-year-old is somehow able to read a little of this book at a time (by aggressively guessing at the longer words, I guess) but with words like "imprint" and "preserved" it's closer to a second-grade (7-to-8-year-old) reading level.

P.S. The famous fish-within-a-fish fossil described in the book is on display at the Sternberg Museum of National History in Hays, Kansas, USA.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christina B. Kennedy on February 27, 2006
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I love the Let's Read and Find Out science series, and Aliki is one of my family's favorite authors, so this book is a real winner for us. Clearly written text and lovely illustrations make for an enjoyable read-aloud for K-2 level students, or an informative read-alone book for older kids or early readers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By plcg on November 3, 2006
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My son and I enjoyed this book and used it to add to our study of fossils. The book was easy to understand the artwork was engaging. I recomend this book for primary grades 1-3.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GrandmafromTX on January 14, 2012
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There are lots of books for math and reading these days, but not that many for science. This series is well done--not too detailed, interesting for the kindergarten-plus age group.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DPeris on March 4, 2008
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This is a great book for grades 1-4 as an introduction to fossils. It covers how they are made and where they are found in a very easy to understand way. It creates an interest in fossils and will probably send the children digging in the dirt! It even has simple instructions for how the children can create a "fossil" of their own hand.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bette on December 17, 2013
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This book is average in its explanation of fossils. Although described as appropriate for younger children, it is directed more toward older ones. Some of the material is explained in a way that is too complicated for four year olds which is the age for whom we purchased the book. We used it in a demonstration of fossils in a Montessori classroom lesson on fossils and had to improvise quite a bit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Legal Eagle on July 15, 2010
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Great book! My daughter received this book as part of her 2nd grade curriculum through K12. The book details a specific fish-within-a-fish fossil. The original of this fossil is located at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History at Fort Hays State University located in Hays, Kansas. The museum has also has robotic dinosaurs and is located on I-70 halfway between Kansas City and Denver.
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