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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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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.

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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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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: 8.9 x 0.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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FOSSILS TELL OF LONG AGO is at the 3rd Grade reading level. It's also a good introduction to fossils.

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.
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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! I also brought in some fossils for them to look at! loved it!
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