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Remarkable Creatures

Chevalier, Tracy (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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When Mary Anning uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home on the English coast, she sets the religious fathers on edge, the townspeople to vicious gossip, and the scientific world alight. Luckily, Mary finds an unlikely champion in prickly Elizabeth Philpot, and in the struggle to be recognized in the wider world, Mary and Elizabeth discover that friendship is their greatest ally.
Authors: Chevalier, Tracy
Title: Remarkable creatures
Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2010
Characteristics: 312 p. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Tracy Chevalier
Summary: When Mary Anning uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home on the English coast, she sets the religious fathers on edge, the townspeople to vicious gossip, and the scientific world alight. Luckily, Mary finds an unlikely champion in prickly Elizabeth Philpot, and in the struggle to be recognized in the wider world, Mary and Elizabeth discover that friendship is their greatest ally.
ISBN: 9780525951452
0525951458
Branch Call Number: FICTION CHEVALIER 2010
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Subject Headings: Anning, Mary, 1799-1847 Fiction Philpot, Elizabeth, 1780-1857 Fiction Women paleontologists England Fiction Female friendship Fiction Fossils Collection and preservation Fiction Discoveries in science History 19th century Fiction
Genre/Form: Biographical fiction
Topical Term: Women paleontologists
Female friendship
Fossils
Discoveries in science
LCCN: 2009047614
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When Mary Anning uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home on the English coast, she finds an unlikely champion in prickly Elizabeth Philpot, and in the struggle to be recognized in the wider world, Mary and Elizabeth discover that friendship is their greatest ally.

When Mary Anning uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home on the English coast, she finds an unlikely champion in prickly Elizabeth Philpot, and in the struggle to be recognized in the wider world, Mary and Elizabeth discover that friendship is their greatest ally.

When Mary Anning uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home on the English coast, she sets the religious fathers on edge, the townspeople to vicious gossip, and the scientific world alight. Luckily, Mary finds an unlikely champion in prickly Elizabeth Philpot, and in the ... Read More »

When Mary Anning uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home on the English coast, she sets the religious fathers on edge, the townspeople to vicious gossip, and the scientific world alight. Luckily, Mary finds an unlikely champion in prickly Elizabeth Philpot, and in the ... Read More »

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Jun 13, 2014
  • dinowings rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

While this is a delightful read for someone interested in Mary Anning or paleontology, not all of it is true to fact. The treatment of Colonel Birch's character is disrespectful considering he was one of Anning's greatest allies.

May 17, 2014
  • CynScribbler rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A wonderful, historical novel based on the lives of two women far ahead of their time. Their struggles to be taken seriously by 19th century men of science did not hinder their efforts. Mary Annings and Elizabeth Philpot's contributions to the field of natural history were some of the most important geological finds of all times and Tracy Chevalier has presented their story in this remarkable novel.

Mar 12, 2014
  • samdog123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It's been awhile since I've read any Tracy Chevalier titles--so glad I chose this one! Chevalier writes such wonderful historical fiction. The friendship between Mary and Elizabeth is wonderful and meaningful. Truly a magnificent fictional account of real life fossil hunter and discoverer Mary Anning who contributed so much to natural history and excavation of dinosaur bones. Although not well-known at the time, her contributions have become truly legendary. I love that Chevalier based this book on an actual person. She did the same thing so successfully with The Girl with a Pearl Earring.

May 04, 2013
  • BugLady1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Absolutely loved this book! Wonderful historical fiction that taught me a ton and was an enjoyable read. The author has a wonderful way with words, mixing the fiction and facts into a delightful story. I'm looking forward to reading more by Tracy Chevalier!

Apr 05, 2013
  • kimh454 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

excellent book. think i'll be reading chevalier's other novels in the future.

I of my most favourite books because of the topics - women friends, fossils and history. Wonderful - well done!

Feb 27, 2013
  • Aussiechick57 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I've really enjoyed this book. It paints a very vivid picture of life in past times, and draws you in so you feel yourself walking there to. I encourage anyone to read it, as I'm sure you also, will enjoy it.

Jun 21, 2012
  • gracindaisy rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Two women find fossils in Lyme Regis, England and turn the world view of history & religion upside-down.

Dec 07, 2011
  • azor rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Apparently a movie in the works!

I never expected a story about fossils to be so interesting! And the fact that it is based on the discoveries of a real person, someone who was not to be denied her passion by social convention, is fascinating.

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Feb 27, 2011
  • rtwete rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Historical novel, based on life of Mary Anning and Elizabeth Philpot. Mary is a skilled fossil hunter and her finds keep her family from the poor house. Elizabeth is of a higher class, but poor too, in 1820's England. They become close friends, during Mary's childhood and after she is grown. Elizabeth helps widowed mother and Mary and brother when she can, with sales of fossils, etc. Assorted men take the credit for many of Mary's discoveries.

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