- 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)
The Fossil Girl Paperback – 1 Sep 2006
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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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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.
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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Short and sweet. 7 year old girl enjoyed this. She used it for a project at school. Nice and rare to hear about a successful female scientist from times gone by.Published 4 days ago by C. Evans
its not a bad book but i mistakenly thought it was a novel for kids - my fault really .Published 1 month ago by Newgardendesign
Lovely illustrations and an interesting read for primary aged children.Published 2 months ago by ruskin villa