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Stone Girl, Bone Girl Hardcover – 1 May 1999

4.7 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Children's Books (1 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385409842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385409841
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 23.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 550,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Many children today are fascinated by fossils and dinosaurs and this interesting book will appeal to them. Designed for the confident reader and made accessible by an illustrated format and large typeface, this is the true story of Mary Anning, born in Lyme Regis Dorset in 1799, and describes her lifelong fascination with collecting fossils. At the time, this was a most unusual hobby, especially for a girl, and the title of the book, Stone Girl Bone Girl, is part of a rhyme made up by the other children of the town to tease young Mary.

The story begins when Mary survives being stuck by lightning as a baby, an event which her father, a carpenter named Pepper, believed made her special from the start. It is he who first shows her the curiosities to be found in the cliffs around Lyme Regis and teaches her their names: ‘Thunderbolts, Fairy's Hearts, Crocodile's Teeth and Devils Toenails'. When Pepper is employed to make a cabinet for two lady scientists, however, they teach Mary that the correct name for her collection is ‘fossils' and that somewhere in the cliffs they believe there is the skeleton of a great sea monster. Accompanied by the rich greens and purples and the striking visual style of Sheila Moxley's wonderful illustrations the story tells of Mary's eventual success in her search for the fossilised Ichthyosaurus, and the fame and respect this brought her. This book is much the tale of a child who dared to be a little different as it is a description of an important chapter in the history of fossil hunting.

A brief biography of Mary Anning at the end of the book tells of the importance of her discoveries in the build-up to the publication of Darwin's Origin of Species and her story will surely inspire young readers to follow their dreams as Mary followed hers. --Alison Jardine

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An enjoyable story. The somewhat cartoon-like illustrations - making beautiful use of rich colours that saturate the page - may appeal to slightly younger readers. (PRS) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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This is the story of Mary Anning, the girl who discovered a dinosaur fossil near the town of Lyme Regis in Dorset. The illustrations are fantastic, with unusual detail and a dream-like quality that appeals to all ages.The book inspired my 7 yr old to go fossil hunting on our holiday in Lyme, and my 3 yr old liked the simple repetition and rhyming.
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This book has history, meaning, and a good story close to home. My 6yr old daughter loved it as it was just as her interest for dinosaurs was intensifying, and we had recently returned from a fossil hunting trip to Lyme Regis. Good price & good quality illustrations.
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Despite the hurdle of the name calling (though lets face it, kids will do it, so it has to be dealt with, and Anholt handles it sensitively) this is another great Anholt insight. We love his stories in general, this one has inspired us to go fossil hunting
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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 pretty illustrations.
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I knew about Mary Anning and was trying to find a way to teach my 4 and 5 year old about her. My 5 year old loves it. We are planning on visiting Lyme Regis and it was a great way to introduce this amazing woman to our children. I would definitely recommend.
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Wonderful book told in a really descriptive way. I used it as a stimulus for Y2 creative writing as part of our topic on dinosaurs! Illustrations are beautiful & thought provoking. Learning facts through fiction - buy it!
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Fantastic book. Images and story that captures the imagination of my 4 and 6 year old children and everyone who happens to read the book to them. My daughter wants to move to Lyme Regis now! Can highly recommend. Not just an educational book, but a lovely story with many different layers as well.
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A lovely story with simple and unusual illustrations. My 5 year old daughter loves this story, and it compliments her interest in dinosaurs and fossils brilliantly and yet is a touching and inspirational account of Mary Anning's discoveries.
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