Dragon in the Rocks

Marie Day

Readability: 9 and up, read aloud to any age

A true story about the not too famous Mary Anning, who began her career as a paleontologist at the age of twelve. Marie Day has succeeded in rewriting her story so that children of all ages can be inspired by Anning’s perseverance, patience, courage, and faith.


Make some of your own fossils.

  1. Mix up a batch of plaster of paris and pour into paper plates.
  2. Collect objects that would make good impressions (shells, feathers, leaves, etc.)
  3. Press and lift these objects one by one onto the plaster of paris.
  4. Once dry, rip the paper plate off and paint if you’d like.

Can also use this book when teaching units on paleontology, dinosaurs, or ocean life.