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The Fossil Girl Paperback – 18 Mar 2000


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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books; New edition edition (18 Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711213941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711213944
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 21 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,646,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brighton breathes life into a wonderful story. (PRS) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Catherine Brighton trained at St Martin's College of Art and the Royal College of Art. She has held exhibitions of her work in the Barbican, London, at the Bath Festival, and at a Southern Arts travelling exhibition. She is now a successful full-time author/illustrator of children's books. She lives in London. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Lyme Regis, Dorset, 1810. Mary and Joe Anning went out in all weathers to collect "curiosities" to sell in their shop. Read the first page
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dee on 18 Jan 2011
Format: Paperback
My five year old was captivated by the story and it prompted her to ask lots of questions about dinosaurs and fossils. It has the classic elements of poor children trying to bring in money to help their mother, toil, near disaster, a kind rich man and a happy ending. Unexpectedly, the picture and blurb about the grown woman at the back promted more discussion about growing up and choice of jobs.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Andante Chesed on 2 Feb 2012
Format: Paperback
My children and I enjoyed reading this book together. They were intrigued by the fact that here was a little girl not much older than themselves. My daughter decided to take her collection of fossils to school the next day!

There was one thing that I found irritating, however, and that was the depiction on one page of a man lifting a wooden cross in the air, yelling at the young girl, "If God wanted you to find curiosities, Mary Anning, why did he bury them?" when in reality, the majority of fossil collecting was done by Anglican clergy.

Also, on the final page the author writes "... a new idea - that the world was much older than they had always thought. This shocked some people, as it seemed to contradict what was written in the Bible." It then points out that her work contributed to Darwin's Origin of Species which "sparked off a revolution in religious and scientific thought, and its effects are still felt to this day". While this may be true, it neglects to say that it never affected Mary's own very deep faith, neither does it say that she herself was already thinking along the lines of Darwin and obviously didn't see any contradiction whatsoever between the new discoveries and her beliefs. And by all accounts she was a very intelligent, indeed remarkable, woman.

Am I making a mountain out of a molehill? Maybe. It just bothers me that a children's book is used to promote the notion that anyone who has a faith is unscientific, and that the theory of evolution is anti-Christian, when it cannot be because science is not a philosophy; it is a way of interpreting the physical universe.

Don't get me wrong, the text does not say this explicitly, yet the idea is there (unnecessarily), which is why I give this book, which is otherwise excellent, 4 stars and not 5.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sim on 6 Aug 2012
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I'm a teacher and use this book to bring the story of Mary Anning to life. The children have loved it! Great illustrations and a simplified version of a wonderful story that has enthused them all to become fossil hunters and seeing as we live in Dorset - they can!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Songbird26 on 15 Aug 2009
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Charming illustrations and good text - a must for families visiting Lyme Regis and the Jurrasic Coast!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By christine wilkinson on 22 April 2013
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Is there a grown up version of this book, either fiction or non fiction, I would be interested to know more about it all! (In a grown up way!!!)
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