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A tad disappointing but important for your daughter
on 1 March 2013
I always find it's important to give my daughter good, successful role models based in reality and thought this book would tell the story of Mary Anning (who uncovered many important fossil discoveries in our own country) in a way my daughter would find interesting but fun. And, at 6, she did enjoy the book and it's retelling but I feel a little disappointed that the author suggested Mary Anning's acheivements were made by her dog (who is alluded to as the spirit of her dead father) or because she was 'special' (Mary Anning was struck by lightening as a baby) rather than because she was an enthusiastic girl who loved digging for 'treasure' (her fossils).
I was hoping this book would show my daughter how, she can be successful wherever she choses because she is dedicated and has a passion in something (the real story of Mary Anning's life) but it fell just short of the mark. We did both, very much, enjoy the afterword on Mary Anning's life, and it was nice to be able to read a story then relate it to real life.
There are not enough books on positive, successful real life females (we're fed up with princesses and fairies in our house now) that are accessible to my 6 year old daughter, however, so we rather like this one...