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Stone Girl Bone Girl: The Story of Mary Anning of Lyme Regis Paperback – Illustrated, December 28, 2006
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The fascinating story of twelve-year-old Mary Anning, who, along with her beloved doggie, discovered a giant fossilized skeleton!
"What are you looking for?" asked Mary, dancing about on the sand.
"Just be patient," laughed Pepper.
He worked as carefully as if he were making a fine piece of furniture. Mary bent closer. There was something hidden there! Right inside the rock!
At last Pepper pulled it free and handed the thing to Mary.
"It...it's TREASURE!" she gasped.
"It's what we call a little Snakestone," smiled Pepper. "Just a Curiosity. A present for you, Mary girl."
Mary had never seen anything like the Philpots' house. There were expensive rugs in every room and maids to serve the tea. Most wonderful of all was the collection of Curiosities. The Misses Philpot explained that the fossils were the remains of ancient sea creatures that had been preserved in the clay.
Everything was so interesting that Mary forgot to be nervous. Then Annie Philpot showed her a huge tooth she had found.
"From a great sea monster," she said. She told Mary she believed the rest of the creature was still out there, hidden in the cliffs. "If anyone could ever find that, Mary! That would be the greatest treasure of all."
All summer, Mary searched for Curiosities for her shop. She borrowed books about fossils from the Misses Philpot and leant everything she could.
Her mother was delighted with the money that Mary was earning, but she was worried about Mary alone on the dangerous cliffs. Mary reassured her that the little dog would run for heIp in an emergency.
As she searched, Mary thought more and more about the giant sea monster and about the cliffs in prehistoric times. She imagined fantastic landscapes inhabited by extraordinary creatures.
At last, she heard a faint barking and, looking up, she saw the speckled dog high on the sloping side of the cliff. Mary called for him to come down, but the little dog wouldn't move. He was furiously scratching at something in the clay.
Mary had no choice. She began slowly to climb the rock face. At last she reached ttle little ledge where the dog was standing. Her heart missed a beat. She couldn't believe what she saw ... Grinning up at Mary was an enormous skull! The little dog had found the sea monster.
About the Author
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Sheila Moxley studied at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and graphic design at St Martin's School of Art. Skip Across the Ocean, a collection by Floella Benjamin, was her first book for Frances Lincoln. Her other books include Joy to the World by Saviour Pirotta, Heather Maisner's Diary of a Princess, Rebecca's Passover by Adele Geras and All the Colours of the Earth, a collection of rhymes edited by Wendy Cooling. She lives in Falmouth, Cornwall.
- Lexile measure : 760L
- Grade level : Kindergarten - 3
- Item Weight : 6.7 ounces
- Paperback : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781845077006
- ISBN-13 : 978-1845077006
- Dimensions : 9.3 x 0.2 x 11 inches
- Reading level : 5 - 8 years
- ASIN : 1845077008
- Publisher : Frances Lincoln Children's Bks; Illustrated edition (December 28, 2006)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #75,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Also, Mary hunted fossils with her brother Joseph. He was with her when they discovered the Ichthyosaurus. The book makes no mention of him. It also makes a big deal that she "suddenly had an idea--perhaps she could sell her Curiosities!" after her father's death and their need for money. However, her father collected and sold the curiosities (fossils) to tourists prior to his death and Mary and Joseph helped. She did continue doing that, but it wasn't a new idea for her.
As a cute story, it is nice. The illustrations are good and the story is interesting. However, if you are using it as a part of a paleontology unit or to teach facts, make sure to research and present the additional information as it is not historically accurate.
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Mary Annings work was hugely influential in her own lifetime, and she is a great female role model particularly for girls interested in science and natural history. Recently my daughter has been learning about Mary Anning in school, so she took the book in for the class.
The story itself is enjoyable and informative, it encourages outdoor exploring and interest in history and nature, it also mentions the death of her father.
However I was surprised the story does not mention that Mary Anning had a brother, Joseph, and also it seems to suggest that aher pet dog (possibly the reincarnation of her dead father) was responsible for her major discovery of Ichthyosaurus, although other sources credit Joseph with this discovery.
Overall I would definitely recommend this book as an introduction to fossils and women in history, although the suggestion of reincarnation may be uncomfortable for some parents.