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The Lucy Man: The Scientist Who Found the Most Famous Fossil Ever Paperback

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  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (March 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616144335
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616144333
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #677,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CAP Saucier (Cockeysville, MD) is a freelance artist, illustrator, and writer.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Frank L. Kollman on March 21, 2011
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Don Johanson may be the most famous paleoanthropologist ever, so it is fitting that the title of his biography contain the name of his famous fossil. While this book was written with a middle school audience in mind, very few of us are "smarter than a fifth grader" when it comes to science. Carol Saucier has written a children's book that rivals most books on human origins found in the science section of a book store or Amazon. While it is at its core an engaging biography of Dr. Johanson, whose life would have been interesting even without his famous discovery, the book is a primer on the fundamentals of paleoanthropology and the science of fossil hunting. Buy it for your fifth grader, but read it first before you give it to him or her. You will find that you now know a lot more about human origins than the average adult.

The author has captured the personality of Dr. Johanson, but she has also written a story that could inspire children to study science. Our schools need more books like this - a science book that gets the science right. Imagine that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter S. Saucier on April 1, 2011
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This book presents the most exceptional synthesis of thought, learning, and experience available to young readers in this fascinating field of learning. The science of paleoanthropology requires one to combine the thinking of a philosopher with the discipline of a scientist. Nowhere is that essential blend more ably assembled for display to young learners than in "The Lucy Man." Dr. Johanson, the subject of this biography cum teaching book, understood that addressing the most intriguing of human questions -- From where do we come? -- requires evidence and wisdom. He brought both to bear as he advanced this area of science by great leaps, and still does. The author of "The Lucy Man" captures the imagination with her relation of facts, discussion of methods, and encouragement of continued progress. Middle school faculties strive to cross disciplines in team teaching so that students understand that learning is not limited to separate and unrelated modules of math, language, science, and social studies. Because of the wonderful way that "The Lucy Man" demonstrates cross disciplinary connection, it should be required reading for all middle school students.
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