July 13, 2010
The Dog that Dug for Dinosaurs: A True Story by Shirley Raye Redmund
This is a biography about a dog named Tray and a girl named Mary Ann Anning. If you are a dino nut, are related to a dino nut or read many children’s books, you may know Anning’s name. She is well known for the fossils she found as a twelve year old girl in Lyme Regis, England. Her finds included an ichthyosaurus, a plesiosaur and the first pterodactyl.
Less well known is her companion on these many outing — a small black and white dog named Tray. When they discovered the ichthyosaurus, Tray stood guard while Mary Ann returned to town.
When a scientist arrived and wanted to see the place where the ichthyosaurus had been, Tray was the one that led them to the right cliff side location. Tray also kept Mary Ann company when she studied the books that the scientist bought for her.
With so many books being published on Anning, including adult novels, I was happy to find a Redmund’s beginning reader. Warning: It is a level three reader so it may be beyond the reach of absolute beginners, but fairly confident readers who still aren’t ready for picture free texts will dive right in.
An excellent choice for dinosaur lovers, dog lovers and budding scientists.