This is the intriguing real-life story of Mary Anning, the 'Fossil Girl of Lyme Regis'. Her discovery of a fossil of a fish lizard in 1807 hugely advanced geologists' knowledge of the prehistoric world. The story of her unusual childhood and her extraordinary life is told in a fascinating, child-friendly text by successful children's writer Laurence Anholt, who lives in Mary Anning's home town. The book is stylishly illustrated in glowing colour by young illustrator, Sheila Moxley.
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Laurence Anholt is extremely well-known to booksellers and parents for his picture books, usually illustrated by himself or his wife Catherine, the most recent being A KISS LIKE THIS. Author lives- Lyme RegisFrom Publishers Weekly:
Anholt's cumbersome and text-laden story centers on the early years of Mary Anning, born in 1799 and known in her native England for her discovery of ancient fossils. From the moment that her beloved father, nicknamed "Pepper" for his "speckled beard," extracts a "snakestone" (a fossil of a snake) from the clay cliffs near their seaside home, Mary spends her days searching alone for similar "curiosities," while peers taunt her with the titular nickname. Soon after her father dies, Mary discovers a dog (with a coat like "speckled pepper") near his grave. Encouraged by the Philpot sisters, local scientists, the mournful girl continues to collect fossils and searches for the giant sea monster's bones, which, legend has it, lay hidden in the cliffs. Her devoted pet leads his young mistress to the skeleton of this ichthyosaur, then vanishes. As with the death of Mary's father, the text glosses over the dog's disappearance, but readers will likely see it as a shadow cast over the discovery and marking another significant loss in young Mary's life. Moxley's (Skip Across the Ocean) vividly hued, primitivist artwork features some creatively skewed perspectives as well as several potentially disturbing images: a farmhouse teeters on the edge of eroding cliffs, while nearby are half-submerged cows and a person apparently gesturing in distress. Anholt convincingly lays the groundwork for Anning to go on to become a noted scientist and local hero, but youngsters will likely find this account of her childhood sad rather than celebratory. Ages 5-9.
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Book Description Picture Corgi, London, 2000. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Sheila Moxley (illustrator). First Thus. Illustrated in colour throughout by SHEILA MOXLEY. Large format paperback: rubbed and bumped on corners, vg. folio, unpaginated. The fascinating story of the Lyme Regis girl who, in the early 1800s, hunted for fossils and discovered the more than 165,000,000 year old fish lizard and many more pre historic creatures. Bookseller Inventory # 14E148