From School Library Journal
Grade 2-3-Anning has been the subject of a spate of recent titles, such as Catherine Brighton's heavily pictorial The Fossil Girl (Millbrook, 1999), Don Brown's more difficult but still pictorial Rare Treasure (Houghton, 1999), Dennis Fradin's yet more difficult and still heavily illustrated Mary Anning (Silver, 1997; o.p.), and Jeannine Atkins's almost picture-bookish in appearance Mary Anning and the Sea Dragon (Farrar, 1999). Such a rash of simple biographies on one woman may seem the outside of enough, but Walker's large print, short sentences, and easy text, with an authoritative bibliography appended, places Anning's life and accomplishments well within the personal grasp of young readers. Realistic illustrations, appropriately done in earth tones, accompany the readable narrative, and the whole is made complete with an afterword about the scientist's legacy.Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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