Tells the story of the Spanish girl who discovered the first known prehistoric cave paintings
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Grade 2-4?This account of how a young Spanish girl and her father discovered the prehistoric cave paintings of Altamira in 1879 is fleshed out through 14 handsome oil paintings, one facing each of the 12 text pages, and two double-page spreads. Although there is not much action to illustrate, the pictures show emotion in the characters' faces and use dramatic lighting. The story is an unhappy one: the archaeological establishment derided the find, calling it a hoax; no one came to view the paintings. Maria's father died of disappointment, and she had to wait for 23 years for his name to be cleared and her discovery to be validated. The biographical material on de Sautuola is adequate, although the emphasis is on the discovery rather than on her life; some of the information came from interviews with her son and other primary-source material. The last page has a brief description, with photographs, of how cave paintings were created. Maria de Sautuola is included in Fradin's Remarkable Children (Little, Brown, 1987), which is written for somewhat older children and would be more useful for reports; it lacks illustrations, however.?Pam Gosner, formerly at Maplewood Memorial Library, NJ
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Gr. 3-5, younger for reading aloud. This entry in the Remarkable Children series features the story of the eight-year-old Spanish girl who discovered the first known prehistoric cave paintings in 1879. "The Girl of Altamira," as Maria became known, had been helping her father, an amateur archaeologist, excavate a cave on the family estate in Altamira when she took a candle to explore a back passage and screamed "Toros! Toros!" on seeing the beautiful bison (which she thought were bulls) and other animals painted high on the cave walls. At first, Maria and her father were hailed across Spain, but the leading archaeologist of the time was so certain the paintings were fake that he wouldn't even come to look at them, dismissing Maria's father as a liar and faker. Twenty-three years later, after her father had died a brokenhearted man and more cave paintings had been discovered across Europe, that archaeologist visited the Altamira cave and begged Maria to forgive him in her father's name for wronging an innocent man. Robust full-page paintings convey the human drama of a true story that will capture the imagination of readers and enhance any study of prehistoric art and archaeology. Annie Ayres
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Book Description Silver Burdett Pr, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110382394704
Book Description Silver Burdett Pr, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Ed Martinez (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0382394704