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Fossils Tell of Long Ago (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) Paperback – March 21, 1990
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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.
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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."
Top Customer Reviews
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.
The book discussion different sorts of fossils: footprints and creatures captured in amber, as well as the sorts of dinosaur remains that most children are familiar with--those found in sedimentary dirt.
One of the complimentary things that I really like about this book is that children of all colors and physical conditions (wheelchair) are shown happily investigating.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
my 5 1/2 year old nephew loved it. we took it with us on a rock and fossil trip in central oregon's desert.Published 7 months ago by calamity ann
My preschool class loved this book! It was perfect for dinosaur week before we went to the museum of nature and science for our field trip! Read morePublished 9 months ago by blackbearcabin
Great read for kids interested in dinosaurs and fossils! My 5 year old future Paleontolgist enjoys reading it!Published 11 months ago by Sarah Kachelmeyer
My grandson was able to learn about the fossils that he discovered in the Dr. Cool Mine for Fossils Science Kit. Read morePublished 12 months ago by D. E. Brown