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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books; New Ed edition (1 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845077326
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845077327
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.6 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brighton breathes life into a wonderful story. (PRS)

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.


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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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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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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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A well-crafted story based on fact with delightful illustrations. All of my class loved the story of Mary Anning as they became more obsessed with fossils! It has even inspired some of my children to beg visits to Lyme Regis with their parents! I was particularly glad to find a book which 'stars' a girl in a scientific role. This was inspirational for the girls as, all too often, 'fun' and interesting discoveries are perceived to be achieved by/more for the masculine gender and this is a stereotype that we are working hard to address.
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Charming illustrations and good text - a must for families visiting Lyme Regis and the Jurrasic Coast!
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Perfect, thank you!

This was required for a school project whcih fits all required needs and arrived as promised allowing me to issue to designated school.
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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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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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Shared with Year 3 children whilst studying Rocks and Soils. They have been inspired by the story of Mary Anning as she was a child herself when she found the fossils. Now, my class are all fossil hunters! Lovely book with beatiful illustrations.
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