March 17, 2011

Secular Thursday: Stone Girl, Bone Girl

Stone Girl Bone Girl: The Story of Mary AnningI found Stone Girl, Bone Girl when I was looking for more books by Laurence Anholt.  He was the author of Degas and the Little Dancer, the book that inspired the art sculpture that wasn't.  I just read the tiny blurb and figured the kids would find it interesting to read about a little girl who liked to look for fossils.  I was right, they loved this book - but it's so much more than just a cute story.

It's the story of Mary Anning and her love for her father and geology.  She and her brother discovered the ichthyosaur, plesiosaur, and pterosaur.  These finds were an important consideration to those who were theorizing that there had been an age of reptiles, and according to the book - to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.  

In addition to those fun facts, the kids know about ichthyosaurs from the TMBG song Nine Bowls of Soup, and the tongue twister She Sells Sea-shells by the Seashore is based on Mary Anning.  This  book turned out to be a real gem.  We highly recommend this one!

She sells sea-shells on the sea-shore.
The shells she sells are sea-shells, I'm sure.
For if she sells sea-shells on the sea-shore
Then I'm sure she sells sea-shore shells.

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