Rare Treasure: Mary Anning and Her Remarkable Discoveries

Rare Treasure: Mary Anning and Her Remarkable Discoveries

By:  Don Brown

Before the word "dinosaur" was even coined, a young girl discovered a remarkable skeleton on the rocky beach at Lyme Regis in England. Thus began a lifelong passion for an extraordinary woman who became one of the first commercial fossil collectors. Born in 1799, Mary Anning spent a lifetime teaching herself about fossils and combing the rugged ribbon of shore near her home. Her work yielded an astounding treasure trove: fossils of long-extinct creatures that thrilled customers in her shop and excited early paleontologists. Blind to the dangers of fossil-hunting and to the limitations imposed on women of her era, Mary Anning was a singular scientist who used her sharp eyes and clear mind to compose a picture of ancient life from the bones she unearthed. With his trademark graceful prose and lyrical watercolors, Don Brown distills the life story of this rare treasure of a scientist.

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  • Format: eBook

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780547771496

  • ISBN-10: 0547771495

  • Pages: 32

  • Price: $3.99

  • Publication Date: 06/16/2003

  • Age(s): 4,5,6,7

  • Grade(s): Pre-K-3

  • Reading Level:

    • Lexile Reading Level 840L

Don Brown
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Don Brown

Don Brown is the award-winning author and illustrator of many picture book biographies. He has been widely praised for his resonant storytelling and his delicate watercolor paintings that evoke the excitement, humor, pain, and joy of lives lived with passion. School Library Journal has called him "a current pacesetter who has put the finishing touches on the standards for storyographies." He lives in New York with his family.www.booksbybrown.com Instagram: @donsart
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    Brown (One Giant Leap, 1998, etc.) opens with the thrilling incident from Mary's infancy: while her nursemaid and two companions died under a tree struck by lightning, Mary survived. Taught by her father to hunt for fossils on the rocky beaches and cliffs near Lyme Regis, Mary continued to do so after his death, to help support herself and her family. Without formal education, she studied and read and always pursued fossils, despite physical danger. Richard Owens, the scientist who coined the word ``dinosaur,'' came to hunt fossils with her. Brown's prose has a light and poetic touch, and his watercolors, with their dramatic vistas, small figures, and fossil sketches, suit the tone nicely. He effortlessly imbues a small, appealing package with a lot of information, and a little inspiration besides. Kirkus Reviews

    "Aspiring scientists will be encouraged by this inspiring portrayal of a woman who made a childhood passion into her life’s work.” Publishers Weekly

    “A vibrant piece of nonfiction.” The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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Related Categories

  • Format: eBook

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780547771496

  • ISBN-10: 0547771495

  • Pages: 32

  • Price: $3.99

  • Publication Date: 06/16/2003

  • Age(s): 4,5,6,7

  • Grade(s): Pre-K-3

  • Reading Level:

    • Lexile Reading Level 840L

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