Fossil Huntress
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Fossil Huntress: Mary Leakey, Paleontologist

By Andi Diehn  
Illustrated by Katie Mazeika
Mary Leakey, Paleontologist, introduces children ages 5 to 8 to Mary Leakey, a paleontologist who lived and worked for much of her life in Africa, making discoveries that change the face of paleontology forever. Age-appropriate vocabulary, detailed illustrations, simple STEM projects such as drawing specimens, and a glossary all support foundational learning. Perfect for beginner readers or as a read aloud nonfiction picture book!

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What was the world like millions of years ago? Did early humans walk on all fours? Did giant sloths lie in trees? Did dinosaurs have feathers? 

Even as a young girl, Mary Leakey was fascinated by questions like these! In Fossil Huntress: Mary Leakey, Paleontologist, elementary aged children meet Mary as a girl growing up in France and visiting the site of archeological wonders, such as Pech Merle, Fond de Gaume, and La Mouthe.  As an adult, Mary leaps at the chance to travel to Africa, where she spends much of her life working in the field in Tanzania, making discoveries that change the face of paleontology forever. True grit, passion, and high standards for scientific rigor made Mary a pioneer in the field of paleontology! 

Fossil Huntress is part of a set of four books in the Picture Book Biography series that introduces pioneers of science to young children. The other titles in this series include Space Adventurer: Bonnie Dunbar, Astronaut; Human Computer: Mary Jackson, Engineer; and Computer Decoder: Dorothy Vaughan, Computer Scientist. 

Available In:
Hardcover, $16.95
Paperback, $9.95
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Glossary | Resources
Specs: 9.5 x 9.5 size | 4-color interior | 32 pages
Subject: Language Arts | Science
Content Focus: Earth Science | Language Arts