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In this book from the critically acclaimed, multimillion-copy best-selling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of Mary Anning, the first paleontologist, and daring fossil hunter. When Mary was little, her family was very poor. She used to help her dad to comb for shells and bones up high on dangerous cliffs. After receiving a book as a gift from a kind bene In this book from the critically acclaimed, multimillion-copy best-selling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of Mary Anning, the first paleontologist, and daring fossil hunter. When Mary was little, her family was very poor. She used to help her dad to comb for shells and bones up high on dangerous cliffs. After receiving a book as a gift from a kind benefactor, Mary learned all about fossils. She continued to hunt for them and made the startling discovery of a complete skeleton of an ichthyosaur. Sadly, she wasn't allowed to study along with all the other men, but she carried on making her own discoveries—including dinosaur poo!—and advising the Geological Society when they needed help. It took a lifetime to receive recognition but we all remember her now as the mother of paleontology. This roar-some book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the paleontologist's life. Little People, BIG DREAMS is a best-selling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream. This empowering series offers inspiring messages to children of all ages, in a range of formats. The board books are told in simple sentences, perfect for reading aloud to babies and toddlers. The hardcover versions present expanded stories for beginning readers. Boxed gift sets allow you to collect a selection of the books by theme. Paper dolls, learning cards, matching games, and other fun learning tools provide even more ways to make the lives of these role models accessible to children. Inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world with Little People, BIG DREAMS!


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In this book from the critically acclaimed, multimillion-copy best-selling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of Mary Anning, the first paleontologist, and daring fossil hunter. When Mary was little, her family was very poor. She used to help her dad to comb for shells and bones up high on dangerous cliffs. After receiving a book as a gift from a kind bene In this book from the critically acclaimed, multimillion-copy best-selling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of Mary Anning, the first paleontologist, and daring fossil hunter. When Mary was little, her family was very poor. She used to help her dad to comb for shells and bones up high on dangerous cliffs. After receiving a book as a gift from a kind benefactor, Mary learned all about fossils. She continued to hunt for them and made the startling discovery of a complete skeleton of an ichthyosaur. Sadly, she wasn't allowed to study along with all the other men, but she carried on making her own discoveries—including dinosaur poo!—and advising the Geological Society when they needed help. It took a lifetime to receive recognition but we all remember her now as the mother of paleontology. This roar-some book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the paleontologist's life. Little People, BIG DREAMS is a best-selling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream. This empowering series offers inspiring messages to children of all ages, in a range of formats. The board books are told in simple sentences, perfect for reading aloud to babies and toddlers. The hardcover versions present expanded stories for beginning readers. Boxed gift sets allow you to collect a selection of the books by theme. Paper dolls, learning cards, matching games, and other fun learning tools provide even more ways to make the lives of these role models accessible to children. Inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world with Little People, BIG DREAMS!

30 review for Mary Anning

  1. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This series is always a joy to read, it’s a really nice introduction to well known people for little children. Of course the plot is always a little bit fast but that’s to be expected and it’s totally understandable. Mary Anning is such an important figure in paleontology and it was so inspiring to see how hard she studied on her own in order to become better and achieve great accomplishments. She' The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This series is always a joy to read, it’s a really nice introduction to well known people for little children. Of course the plot is always a little bit fast but that’s to be expected and it’s totally understandable. Mary Anning is such an important figure in paleontology and it was so inspiring to see how hard she studied on her own in order to become better and achieve great accomplishments. She's truly a great example for all!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Haider

    Mary Anning may not be a household name but she is a good person for kids to learn more about. Mary was born on the southern coast of England on the cusp of the 19th century. She was the 10th child born in her family. Mary spent some of her time searching the beach and other areas for bones and sea shells that they could sell. One day Mary found a tooth that turned out to be a fossil. Thus began her love for paleontology. Mary went on to become the Mother of Paleontology. And while she didn't re Mary Anning may not be a household name but she is a good person for kids to learn more about. Mary was born on the southern coast of England on the cusp of the 19th century. She was the 10th child born in her family. Mary spent some of her time searching the beach and other areas for bones and sea shells that they could sell. One day Mary found a tooth that turned out to be a fossil. Thus began her love for paleontology. Mary went on to become the Mother of Paleontology. And while she didn't receive the recognition she deserved at the time, she is now be acknowledged as an important contributor to the field. This charming picture book is appropriate for grade school children and is full of colorful illustrations. It also includes a timeline at the end with more details about Mary's life, including some photos of her fossil finds. This is a great book for budding scientists or dino fans. Thank you to the publisher for the review copy!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Literary Redhead

    One of my favs in the Little People, BIG DREAMS series of short bios for kids. Mary Anning became the world’s first fossil scientist. Born 10th to a poor British family, she hunted bones with her father, later finding a rare full skeleton of an extinct mammal reptile. Soon her knowledge led to advising the Geological Society, which stole her ideas, as she was an “uneducated” woman. Not until years later was she lionized and made a Society member. Her message: If your efforts go unrecognized, “Ti One of my favs in the Little People, BIG DREAMS series of short bios for kids. Mary Anning became the world’s first fossil scientist. Born 10th to a poor British family, she hunted bones with her father, later finding a rare full skeleton of an extinct mammal reptile. Soon her knowledge led to advising the Geological Society, which stole her ideas, as she was an “uneducated” woman. Not until years later was she lionized and made a Society member. Her message: If your efforts go unrecognized, “Time will place them where they belong.” Highly recommended! 5 of 5 Stars Pub Date 09 Mar 2021 #MaryAnning #NetGalley Thanks to the author, Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Children's Books, and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Briar's Reviews

    Looking for a fantastic non-fiction book that will teach you about some of the world's most incredible people? Then pick up this fantastic book (and series!)> I didn't know about Mary Anning but man, am I glad this book taught me about her! This little girl became a leader in palaeontology! Lots of books were written about her discoveries but didn't include her name, but eventually she would be known as the Mother of Paleontology. I highly recommend this series! It's a fun way to learn through am Looking for a fantastic non-fiction book that will teach you about some of the world's most incredible people? Then pick up this fantastic book (and series!)> I didn't know about Mary Anning but man, am I glad this book taught me about her! This little girl became a leader in palaeontology! Lots of books were written about her discoveries but didn't include her name, but eventually she would be known as the Mother of Paleontology. I highly recommend this series! It's a fun way to learn through amazing illustrations and engaging stories. Four out of five stars. Thank you to NetGalley, Frances Lincoln Publishing and Quarto Publishing Group for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Morris

    It’s no secret that I adore this series, but this is the first I’ve read in which I had no knowledge of the subject. What a fascinating story! It is sure to inspire girls (and boys) with an interest in dinosaurs to follow their dreams. This unbiased review is based on a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    Mary Anning (21 May 1799 – 9 March 1847) was an English fossil collector, dealer, and palaeontologist who became known around the world for finds she made in Jurassic marine fossil beds in the cliffs along the English Channel at Lyme Regis in the county of Dorset in Southwest England. Her middle names could have been Perseverence and Driven. She became a self taught archaeologist from a poor family and didn't receive the recognition she earned until much later in her life. Excellent book with be Mary Anning (21 May 1799 – 9 March 1847) was an English fossil collector, dealer, and palaeontologist who became known around the world for finds she made in Jurassic marine fossil beds in the cliffs along the English Channel at Lyme Regis in the county of Dorset in Southwest England. Her middle names could have been Perseverence and Driven. She became a self taught archaeologist from a poor family and didn't receive the recognition she earned until much later in her life. Excellent book with beautiful illustrations! I requested and received a free temporary ebook copy from Quarto Publishing Group/Frances Lincoln Children's Books via NetGalley. THANK YOU.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Martina

    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The ‘My First Little People, Big Dreams’ series provides informative and inspirational biographies about people who left a mark on this earth, no matter what difficulties they have encountered. These stories are very short, but that’s because they’re books for children, so it’s totally understandable. I think they are a very smart and wonderful way to introduce little children to such important figure The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The ‘My First Little People, Big Dreams’ series provides informative and inspirational biographies about people who left a mark on this earth, no matter what difficulties they have encountered. These stories are very short, but that’s because they’re books for children, so it’s totally understandable. I think they are a very smart and wonderful way to introduce little children to such important figures. This one here is about Mary Anning, the mother of Paleontology. It was very enjoyable reading about her accomplishments and how hard she worked and studied on her own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    This is another great addition to the Little People, Big Dreams series. I hadn't heard about Mary Anning, but do recall hearing about a woman whose information and palaeontology finds had be claimed by men. Now I know who that was and more about this remarkable young woman. Mary used to go fossil hunting with her father as a young girl. She didn't always know what she found, but she cleaned them up and sold them to tourists. One day a lady gave her a book that changed her life. She learned how t This is another great addition to the Little People, Big Dreams series. I hadn't heard about Mary Anning, but do recall hearing about a woman whose information and palaeontology finds had be claimed by men. Now I know who that was and more about this remarkable young woman. Mary used to go fossil hunting with her father as a young girl. She didn't always know what she found, but she cleaned them up and sold them to tourists. One day a lady gave her a book that changed her life. She learned how to read and began seriously searching for fossils and dinosaur bones. The first skeleton was found by her brother, but she was the one who excavated it and shared it with the world. She worked hard for years, sharing her finds with male archaeologists, and teaching them, while they took credit for her finds. Eventually she was recognized and offered membership in the Geological Society of London, eventually becoming known as the Mother of Paleontology. I loved the quote in the book about her journey: "Sometimes people won't recognize your achievements, but don't worry! Time will place them where they belong." A great book for young children, especially girls to learn about a smart, female scientist, but also a young girl who persevered and followed her dreams. I was gifted a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sharah McConville

    Mary Anning is another wonderful addition to the Little People, Big Dreams series by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara. I enjoyed discovering another inspirational woman that I knew nothing about. Born in England in 1799, Mary became the first female paleontologist. Mary started out as a fossil collector at the age of just six and sold her discoveries in her fathers shop. She didn't gain recognition for her work until after her death due to being a female. With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher fo Mary Anning is another wonderful addition to the Little People, Big Dreams series by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara. I enjoyed discovering another inspirational woman that I knew nothing about. Born in England in 1799, Mary became the first female paleontologist. Mary started out as a fossil collector at the age of just six and sold her discoveries in her fathers shop. She didn't gain recognition for her work until after her death due to being a female. With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my digital copy.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    This is a book in a wonderful series from this author. You find out about Mary Anning, the first person to ever find dinosaur pieces!! Because of her and finding fossils, she became the Mother of Paleontology. I loved that at the end it showed real pictures of what the fossils looked like.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Date reviewed/posted: December 28, 2020 Publication date: March 2, 2021 When life for the entire universe and planet has turned on its end, you are continuing to #maskup to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #secondwave is upon us, AND the worst sciatica attack in your life means you MIGHT sleep 3 hours a night, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book fr Date reviewed/posted: December 28, 2020 Publication date: March 2, 2021 When life for the entire universe and planet has turned on its end, you are continuing to #maskup to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #secondwave is upon us, AND the worst sciatica attack in your life means you MIGHT sleep 3 hours a night, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. In this book from the critically acclaimed, multimillion-copy best-selling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of Mary Anning, the first paleontologist, and daring fossil hunter. When Mary was little, her family was very poor. She used to help her dad to comb for shells and bones up high on dangerous cliffs. After receiving a book as a gift from a kind benefactor, Mary learned all about fossils. She continued to hunt for them and made the startling discovery of a complete skeleton of an ichthyosaur. Sadly, she wasn't allowed to study along with all the other men, but she carried on making her own discoveries—including dinosaur poo!—and advising the Geological Society when they needed help. It took a lifetime to receive recognition but we all remember her now as the mother of paleontology. This roar-some book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the paleontologist's life. Little People, BIG DREAMS is a best-selling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream. This empowering series offers inspiring messages to children of all ages, in a range of formats. The board books are told in simple sentences, perfect for reading aloud to babies and toddlers. The hardcover versions present expanded stories for beginning readers. Boxed gift sets allow you to collect a selection of books by theme. Paper dolls, learning cards, matching games, and other fun learning tools provide even more ways to make the lives of these role models accessible to children. Inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world with Little People, BIG DREAMS! Mary Anning was a person who was new to me so I enjoyed reading about her as one time in my life I wanted to be an Egyptologist/Archaeologist. This series, as always, provides great illustrations and a cohesive storyline that children and people new to English will understand - read this book and the whole series! As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I simply adore emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/snowflakes / literally-like-overusers etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🦎🦎🦎🦎🦎

  12. 5 out of 5

    joyce w. laudon

    This entry in the Little People, Big Dreams series tells the story of a little girl who made a BIG discovery. Readers learn that Mary was the tenth of the children in her family. From an early age, she went for walks with her father. On these walks, she looked for shells but one day, Mary found something more. It was a fossil that turned out to be an Icthyosaurus skeleton! From that point, her enthusiasm for paleontology was the focus in her life. Children will learn a good deal about how Mary ed This entry in the Little People, Big Dreams series tells the story of a little girl who made a BIG discovery. Readers learn that Mary was the tenth of the children in her family. From an early age, she went for walks with her father. On these walks, she looked for shells but one day, Mary found something more. It was a fossil that turned out to be an Icthyosaurus skeleton! From that point, her enthusiasm for paleontology was the focus in her life. Children will learn a good deal about how Mary educated herself and waited a long time for recognition. She did become the Mother of Paleontology and had an Ichthyosaurus named for her. The illustrations in this title are delightful. They are a lovely accompaniment to the text. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title. All opinions are my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anna-Maria

    This just goes to show... even an adult approaching their thirties can learn from children's books. I doubt I had ever heard about Mary Anning's before receiving this ARC (even learning about Ammonite in 2020, the upcoming film adaptation of the eponymous scientist's life, I had not really memorized her name), and this picture book had me reading numerous related wikipedia pages, articles on the history of paleontology, and movie reviews in a matter of seconds. A very niche installation in this This just goes to show... even an adult approaching their thirties can learn from children's books. I doubt I had ever heard about Mary Anning's before receiving this ARC (even learning about Ammonite in 2020, the upcoming film adaptation of the eponymous scientist's life, I had not really memorized her name), and this picture book had me reading numerous related wikipedia pages, articles on the history of paleontology, and movie reviews in a matter of seconds. A very niche installation in this series, but worthwhile nonetheless! ***I received a digital copy through netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.***

  14. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    To be published on my blog: Nonstop Reader at release. Mary Anning is a new biography for young readers in the Little People, Big Dreams series. I've reviewed a number of these titles and all of them are delightful and exuberant little books which cover the lives of famous cultural, science, arts, and innovative icons while maintaining an age-appropriate level of detail. Due out 2nd March 2021 from Quarto on their Frances Lincoln imprint, it'll be 32 pages and will be available in hardcover f To be published on my blog: Nonstop Reader at release. Mary Anning is a new biography for young readers in the Little People, Big Dreams series. I've reviewed a number of these titles and all of them are delightful and exuberant little books which cover the lives of famous cultural, science, arts, and innovative icons while maintaining an age-appropriate level of detail. Due out 2nd March 2021 from Quarto on their Frances Lincoln imprint, it'll be 32 pages and will be available in hardcover format. The text and story by Isabel Sánchez Vegara are written in clear accessible language. The gentle and sweetly humorous illustrations were well done. The art by Popy Matigot is quirky and has an almost linocut collage look. Well written and appealing, I am really enjoying all of these little books. This one is a worthy addition and especially welcome as a glimpse into a womens lives and challenges in historically male-dominated STEM fields. The author doesn't shy away from saying in the text that the (invariably male) scientists of the time used Mary's work as their own without credit to her. Five stars. This would make a superlative reading circle book, classroom library book, or gift. Mary Anning was an intelligent, determined and accomplished woman in an unfair and prejudiced world which arrayed its power against her but never managed to thwart her. There is a short timeline included at the back of each of these books with some titles and resources for further reading. Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes

  15. 4 out of 5

    Anissa Telle

    Mary Anning by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara introduces young readers to the “Mother of Paleontology.” This is part of the Little People, Big Dreams series which shares stories of inspirational historical figures in board books. The books use simple sentences and have engaging pictures to teach little ones about people who have achieved amazing things. I had a basic understanding of Mary Anning prior to reading this book, but what stood out was the emphasis that she started her journey simply as a Mary Anning by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara introduces young readers to the “Mother of Paleontology.” This is part of the Little People, Big Dreams series which shares stories of inspirational historical figures in board books. The books use simple sentences and have engaging pictures to teach little ones about people who have achieved amazing things. I had a basic understanding of Mary Anning prior to reading this book, but what stood out was the emphasis that she started her journey simply as a helper to her father at 6 years old. Her young age will entice young readers to think about how they can dream big! My almost four year old was engaged and enjoyed the book greatly. This book was true to historical facts and even provided a timeline for those readers who are more advanced to learn more with the bonus materials included at the end, The illustrations enhance this book showing the simple pictures of the dinosaur fossils Mary discovered. I was especially pleased about the final advice that even if your accomplishments are not fully recognized to keep striving and “time will place the, where they belong.” I was provided a free advance reader copy from Quarto Publishing Group - Frances Lincoln Children’s Books in exchange for my honest review on Net Galley. The opinions shared in this review are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Vivienne

    My thanks to Quarto Group - Francis Lincoln Children’s Books for a temporary digital edition via NetGalley of ‘Mary Anning’, written by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara and illustrated by Popy Matigot, in exchange for an honest review. This little book is intended for children aged 4-7 and is part of its publishers highly acclaimed ‘Little People, BIG DREAMS’ series that introduces young readers to the lives and works of significant people including scientists, writers, artists, political figures and My thanks to Quarto Group - Francis Lincoln Children’s Books for a temporary digital edition via NetGalley of ‘Mary Anning’, written by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara and illustrated by Popy Matigot, in exchange for an honest review. This little book is intended for children aged 4-7 and is part of its publishers highly acclaimed ‘Little People, BIG DREAMS’ series that introduces young readers to the lives and works of significant people including scientists, writers, artists, political figures and the like via books and educational games. Mary Anning was born to a poor working class family in Lynne Regis, Dorset in 1799. As a girl she would comb the area for shells and bones, which she would sell to tourists as curiosities. After learning about fossils she began hunting for them and in 1812 uncovered a complete skeleton of an ichthyosaur. In 1823 she also discovered the first complete Plesiosaurus skeleton. Being a woman she was not allowed to formally study or to join the Geological Society of London despite her contributions. Yet she continued to make important discoveries throughout her life and is now considered to be the mother of paleontology. I found Popy Matigot’s illustrations delightful. Following the main text is a biological timeline with historical photographs as well as suggestions for further reading about Mary Anning for younger readers. Like many children I was fascinated by dinosaurs though only learned of the important role played by this humble young woman a few years ago. It is a life story that I imagine will appeal to children as interest in dinosaurs has continued down the generations. As always with this series, I am happy to recommend it to parents, teachers, and librarians. Also, they make lovely gifts.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Eule Luftschloss

    Finally a book about a lady scientist. Of course, Mary Anning, being born in the 18th century, didn't get an acknowledged education but had to teach herself via books, getting no recognition for a long time. I never even heard of her before, and it makes me happy that today, I learned. So, who was this person you ask? Mary Anning was one of the first paleontologists, meaning she dug for dinosaur bones. Short excurse, because I am getting asked so often: No archeology has nothing to do with this. W Finally a book about a lady scientist. Of course, Mary Anning, being born in the 18th century, didn't get an acknowledged education but had to teach herself via books, getting no recognition for a long time. I never even heard of her before, and it makes me happy that today, I learned. So, who was this person you ask? Mary Anning was one of the first paleontologists, meaning she dug for dinosaur bones. Short excurse, because I am getting asked so often: No archeology has nothing to do with this. We're considered belonging to the humanities while paleontology is a "hard" science. Yes, we all dig, but there's more to it or a gravedigger would be one of us. The part about her dog accompaning Mary because they both liked bones made me chuckle. Again, this series is a great introduction to a topic and I will look deeper into Mary's story. The arc was provided by the publisher.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Donna Maguire

    Review to be added to Amazon UK and US on 2nd March 2021 - publication day! This is another great book to add to the Little People, Big Dreams collection! I love this series as they are perfect introductions to young people about some of the most famous and influential people from our past and present and are also a reminder about how these people have also changed our history – Mary Anning is well known within her field but I don’t think as many people know about this fascinating lady as should! Review to be added to Amazon UK and US on 2nd March 2021 - publication day! This is another great book to add to the Little People, Big Dreams collection! I love this series as they are perfect introductions to young people about some of the most famous and influential people from our past and present and are also a reminder about how these people have also changed our history – Mary Anning is well known within her field but I don’t think as many people know about this fascinating lady as should! This book features Mary Anning who was a pioneer in the field of palaeontology and even had a species named after her. At the time that Mary was alive a lot of the scientific discoveries were claimed by men and even though Mary was involved and leading a lot of these and a huge influence she was never given the acknowledgement and limelight that she was due. I am delighted that this book showcases her, her finding, the help she gave to the Geological Society and it also acknowledges what a wonderful woman she was – it also gives readers recommendations to find out more too! 5 stars from me for this one, very highly recommended and can't wait for my daughter to get involved in the series and for me this book is a much for any children's library!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Lavelle

    Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group for kindly providing me with a digital copy of this book for review. I get so excited when I see a new one of these Little People, Big Dreams books. They really do cover such a diverse range of famous lives to discover. My youngest son has a major obsession with dinosaurs so Mary Anning was definitely a familiar name to our household, however, he was still extremely excited to read this book with me. I really think that if your child has an intere Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group for kindly providing me with a digital copy of this book for review. I get so excited when I see a new one of these Little People, Big Dreams books. They really do cover such a diverse range of famous lives to discover. My youngest son has a major obsession with dinosaurs so Mary Anning was definitely a familiar name to our household, however, he was still extremely excited to read this book with me. I really think that if your child has an interest in dinosaurs, which lets face it, is not uncommon- you can really grab their attention and perhaps spark an interest in history as well, by introducing them to this little book, and to one of the first palaeontologists, who was responsible for discovering so much. She really was a remarkable woman that can serve as a good role model for any child. Thoroughly enjoyed this and look forward to the next one!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    The thing I love about Little People, Big Dreams, is how this series breaks down in very simple terms, the lives of both famous people, and people who should be famous, and people who have been famous, but forgotten. In this case, it is Mary Anning, which the book called the mother of Paleontology. Mary learned all she learned by reading, and doing. Women weren't allowed to go to college, and certainly were not allowed into the prestigious groups, though they didn't mind taking her knowledge for The thing I love about Little People, Big Dreams, is how this series breaks down in very simple terms, the lives of both famous people, and people who should be famous, and people who have been famous, but forgotten. In this case, it is Mary Anning, which the book called the mother of Paleontology. Mary learned all she learned by reading, and doing. Women weren't allowed to go to college, and certainly were not allowed into the prestigious groups, though they didn't mind taking her knowledge for their own benefit. Mary dug up fossils on the Jurassic coast in Dorset. People, at the time, didn't really understand the importance of what they were digging up, but Mary realized what these things were, including the discovery of Dino poop. Well done picture book, about the life of a very important woman, who did not get the recognition she deserved. Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    Mary Anning proves a worthy entry to this enormous series of tiny biographies of the greats. She was instrumental in turning the collection of ancient bones from her Dorset coastline's cliffs into a business selling them, and then into the science of studying them as prehistoric remains - and she would always have managed to have reached much more greatness if she had been the right sex. The lesson for the young is that now there is no such gender discrimination, and if you do greatness eventual Mary Anning proves a worthy entry to this enormous series of tiny biographies of the greats. She was instrumental in turning the collection of ancient bones from her Dorset coastline's cliffs into a business selling them, and then into the science of studying them as prehistoric remains - and she would always have managed to have reached much more greatness if she had been the right sex. The lesson for the young is that now there is no such gender discrimination, and if you do greatness eventually there will be a page in history for you. I'm not sure the antiquated look of the design here will appeal to the young (and Anning would never have needed to hold her nose at the thought of fossilised dinosaur dung as she does here), but this is still a success.

  22. 5 out of 5

    I _teach_muggles

    When I think of palaeontologists I think of Ross Geller from the TV show ‘Friends’. I’m not ashamed to admit that this is about the extent of my knowledge when it comes to famous fossil hunters so I was intrigued to see what I might learn as I opened up the latest addition to the ‘Little People, Big Dreams’ series. Mary Anning was born into a large and poor family, she was the tenth Anning child. She enjoyed spending her childhood days accompanying her father on cliff walks and seeing what she co When I think of palaeontologists I think of Ross Geller from the TV show ‘Friends’. I’m not ashamed to admit that this is about the extent of my knowledge when it comes to famous fossil hunters so I was intrigued to see what I might learn as I opened up the latest addition to the ‘Little People, Big Dreams’ series. Mary Anning was born into a large and poor family, she was the tenth Anning child. She enjoyed spending her childhood days accompanying her father on cliff walks and seeing what she could find. To earn some money, she would sell her finds on the beach to the wealthy beach-goers who were fond of a treasure to take back home. It was one of Mary’s customers that would give her a book that would change her life. It helped her uncover the truth about one of her beach discoveries and from then on fossil hunting became a way of life. Anning was an incredible young person. With a limited classroom education she had to teach herself how to read and write. And unable to go to university, most of what she knew about fossils was down to her own reading, drawing and note-taking. Equipped with the knowledge that she needed, Mary Anning grew up to become the first female palaeontologist and is rightly known as ‘the Mother of Palaeontology’. Being a female fossil hunter in the early 19th century was far from easy though and Anning experienced social injustice, much of her work was not widely acknowledged at the time. Scientists would use her for information and then publish books using her knowledge and claiming it as their own. Despite this, Anning never stopped doing what she loved. She had a passion and was not fussed that she didn’t receive fame or fortune. For her it was all about doing something that made her happy and the world of today is very thankful for the discoveries that she made in the past. Mary Anning's attitude is such a wonderful message for young children - simply do what you love and makes you happy! Delightfully illustrated with bright and bold artwork and with a story told in short and simple sentences, this is a great read about a woman who followed her passions and uncovered history. At the back of the the book there is a short overview of her life which includes key facts and dates and a historical timeline featuring photographs. A fabulous and very informative read that will have budding palaeontologists heading outside to see what they can find buried in the ground. Recommended for 5+. Due for publication on 2nd March 2021. With thanks to Netgalley and Frances Lincoln Publishers for the ARC.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    Another great addition to the Little People, Big Dreams series! This edition was based on The Mother of Paleontology, Mary Anning. Her story was an interesting one and this was the first time I had heard of her contributions to the discovery of dinosaur fossils. This little book raises topics of discussion to have with children about women's contributions to their occupations in history that were often exploited by men who would claim the work as their own to profit from. Mary Anning's discoveri Another great addition to the Little People, Big Dreams series! This edition was based on The Mother of Paleontology, Mary Anning. Her story was an interesting one and this was the first time I had heard of her contributions to the discovery of dinosaur fossils. This little book raises topics of discussion to have with children about women's contributions to their occupations in history that were often exploited by men who would claim the work as their own to profit from. Mary Anning's discoveries were essential to history and the story ended on a hopeful note as she did finally receive recognition for her contributions to Paleontology. This story is a wonderful for any child with an interest in dinosaur fossils. Little People, Big Dreams: Mary Anning by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara Publishing on: March 16, 2021 Rating: 5/5

  24. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    I received an electronic ARC from Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Children's Books through NetGalley. Another biography geared for lower to mid elementary level readers. Sanchez Vegara is a master of presenting information about historical figures at a level these readers will comprehend. She offers information about Anning and uses language they will connect with. The timeline at the end of the book provides more information. This series offers insights and also serve as a springboard I received an electronic ARC from Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Children's Books through NetGalley. Another biography geared for lower to mid elementary level readers. Sanchez Vegara is a master of presenting information about historical figures at a level these readers will comprehend. She offers information about Anning and uses language they will connect with. The timeline at the end of the book provides more information. This series offers insights and also serve as a springboard for further research.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. I love this series, but unfortunately I did not love this book as much as some in the series. I have personally never heard of Mary Anning, so it was interesting to learn about her, even as an adult reading the book, but I felt that it was quite rushed and I didn’t find the illustrations in this book to be as impressive as in some of the others. I would still recommend for other lovers of this Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. I love this series, but unfortunately I did not love this book as much as some in the series. I have personally never heard of Mary Anning, so it was interesting to learn about her, even as an adult reading the book, but I felt that it was quite rushed and I didn’t find the illustrations in this book to be as impressive as in some of the others. I would still recommend for other lovers of this series!

  26. 4 out of 5

    ness ♡︎

    — thanks to #netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an e-ARC of #maryanning in exchange for an honest review. i had read an arc of the mary shelley installment in this series and absolutely loved it, and this one didn’t fall short from that at all! i don’t see enough books about mary anning and i’m glad i picked this one up. short and sweet but meaningful. once again a fan of the art style and would love to read more of these books in the series!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marte Olsen

    I got this on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! I really love this series and that it features such a diverse selection of people, both in terms of nationality, what thing they are famous for and when. The art style in this is also really nice, and I think it fits well with the story! I also must admit I had never even heard of Mary Anning before, which makes this even more important of a story!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shauna Morrison

    Thank you NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Children's Books for the digital advance reading copy of this book. I have said it before and I will say it again, I love the Little People, BIG DREAMS series written by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara! Today I learned about Mary Anning, before reading this book I had no idea who Mary was, and that is what makes this series so awesome. These books should be in every house and every pre-school/kindergarten! Thank you NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Children's Books for the digital advance reading copy of this book. I have said it before and I will say it again, I love the Little People, BIG DREAMS series written by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara! Today I learned about Mary Anning, before reading this book I had no idea who Mary was, and that is what makes this series so awesome. These books should be in every house and every pre-school/kindergarten!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    Mary Anning lived in the ere when women were not considered much. But she didn't care much and keep working until one day people recognize her as the Mother of Paleontology. This series keep my spirit up, for if I was Mary, I might giving up looking for more fossils. From this woman I learned that we need to keep it going, not for the recognition but for the sake of science, in Mary's case. Mary Anning lived in the ere when women were not considered much. But she didn't care much and keep working until one day people recognize her as the Mother of Paleontology. This series keep my spirit up, for if I was Mary, I might giving up looking for more fossils. From this woman I learned that we need to keep it going, not for the recognition but for the sake of science, in Mary's case.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lloyd Cruz

    The author is so talented, I suggest you join NovelStar’s writing competition this April. If you are interested kindly check this link https://www.facebook.com/104455574751... for the mechanics of the writing contest this April and also, I am sharing your book in Facebook to help reach readers. Thank you The author is so talented, I suggest you join NovelStar’s writing competition this April. If you are interested kindly check this link https://www.facebook.com/104455574751... for the mechanics of the writing contest this April and also, I am sharing your book in Facebook to help reach readers. Thank you

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