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Stone Girl, Bone Girl: The Story of Mary Anning by Laurence AnholtI do apologise to especially my Goodreads friends who have found Laurence Anholts (author) and Sheila Moxleys (illustrator) Stone Girl, Bone Girl: The Story of Mary Anning a sweet and engaging tale, but truth be told, I have not much enjoyed the illustrations and have actually and in fact totally and utterly DESPISED the narrative, the story itself, or rather, I should say, the misleading and strangely fantastical manner in which author Laurence Anholt has chosen to present the very much important account of Mary Anning and her fossil discoveries.
As aside from the fact that the author has for no in any manner understandable reason whatsoever failed to even mention Mary Annings older brother Joseph (with whom she had a very close relationship and who actually was the person to originally discover a dragon eye in the cliff, which of course was later unearthed by his sister Mary as the first fossil of an ichthyosaur), the whole story of Peppers death is pretty much and sadly lacking. Why is it not mentioned that Mary Annings father suffered a serious back injury whilst collecting curiosities on the beach and that his later death due to tuberculosis was directly related to the former, to said accident? For how Peppers death is described in Stone Girl, Bone Girl: The Story of Mary Anning sure does make it appear as though Laurence Anholt absolutely wants to convey that Mary Annings father simply died of old age and due to cold, damp weather, which was simply not the case. But much much worse, and yes, the main reason why I am ranking Stone Girl, Bone Girl: The Story of Mary Anning so low and why I am in fact rather angry and majorly so is that the whole fantastical sequence involving Mary Annings dog is both cringeworthy and in my opinion quite insulting (for while the author creates a sweet and fantastic little rigamarole where the little dog seems to almost if not probably represent the dead fathers, Pepper Annings spirit, coming to help Mary unearth her itchyosaur fossil only to then disappear because his purpose is now done, the truth of the matter, the tragic truth, is that in reality, Mary Annings dog was killed in a rockslide, an event that greatly saddened her, an event that was yet another of the many tragedies she had to endure as a child and I for one consider how Laurence Anholt has incorporated, has used the dog at best rather childish and actually also massively disrespectful to Mary Anning and the sad truth that she had to weather and endure so many personal tragedies during her life, but still managed to persevere and succeed).
Combined with Sheila Moxleys bright but also much too naive and one-dimentional accompanying illustrations (which also kind of rub me the wrong proverbial way because while this story clearly takes place in early 19th century England, in coastal Cornwall, the skin tones of especially Mary and Pepper Anning make them appear more Italian or Spanish than British, than English to and for me), I have unfortunately and sadly been very much disappointed with and by Stone Girl, Bone Girl: The Story of Mary Anning and can (even with my apologies to those of you who have loved this book) only consider a one star ranking.
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Mary Anning: An artistic look at the "Princess of Paleontology"
No catches, no fine print just unconditional book loving for your children with their favourites saved to their own digital bookshelf. Elizabeth Laird. Valentina Giannella. Written by Laurence Anholt. The fascination of fossils and what they tell of a world long gone by is beautifully portrayed in this biography of Mary Anning, the best known fossil hunter. Brought up in Lyme Regis where fossils abound, from childhood on Mary was skilled at searching out prized finds such as fossilised sea monsters and an Ichthyosaurus, one of the most important finds of her day.
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Mary was born in and was one of the first people to hunt for fossils. She lived in a seaside town in England called Lyme Regis. At the time when Mary lived, many people did not know what fossils were, and called them Curiosities instead. When Mary was young, she adored her father, who worked as a carpenter. One Saturday, Mary s father took her down to the cliffs by the crashing sea.