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Fossils Tell of Long Ago (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 2)

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What is a fossil? Sometimes it's the imprint of an ancient leaf in a rock. Or it could be the skeleton of a dinosaur that has turned to stone! With clear prose and lovely, full-color illustrations, award-winning author and illustrator Aliki describes the different ways fossils are formed and what they tell us about life on Earth long ago. This book also includes an activit ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 21st 1990 by HarperCollins (first published 1972)
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Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
That was pretty awesome. We had done some "fossil excavating" activities prior to this, so my boys were very interested in the science behind it. They ask great questions. So proud of them.
Sophia Hermosillo

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Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book tells all about different types of fossils and how they form. It talks about plant and animal remains becoming fossils. It talks about things being preserved in ice and in amber. It also talks about tracks of animals becoming fossils. It discusses how the earth has changed allowing some water fossils to be found in dry areas and vice versa. It even has ideas for students making their own fossils.

I thought this book was easy to read and had a lot of information. There was a good use of
Jun 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
This informational book gives kids exciting facts on fossils, where they come from, and how they are made. Kids are told the difference between animals that become fossils compared to those who rot, how layers of mud compact animals to make fossils, and what scientists can learn about the environment from studying fossils they find. Kids are even encouraged to go out and see what they can find- maybe one day they can find a fossil themselves!

There is another Aliki book I share with my 2nd grade
Read this straight through twice and then again in the evening. The first page sucked us right in: "Once upon a time a huge fish was swimming around when along came a smaller fish. The big fish was so hungry it swallowed the other fish hole. The big fish died and sank to the bottom of the sea." It shows the process of how the big fish and the little fish inside it both become fossils and about the clues that fossils give us of the past. Accessible and informative for even younger kids. After rea ...more
Khadija Bensaadoun
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
"Fossils Tell of Long Ago", is a children;s literature book that explains how fossils are formed and how we use them to tell us about the past. This book can be used to teach a 2nd grade lesson on how fossils are formed. The students will learn what paleontologists do and how fossils become fossilized. For a fun activity I would show different pictures of fossils to the students and they would guess what animal was fossilized.

Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-books
Big, repeat-request favorite with the almost-5-year-old in our house right now. Three-year-old likes it too.
Jessica Chambliss
This book teaches us the basics of fossils as a story! It introduces what a fossil is and how they form over time! This would be great for a lesson introducing what fossils are and what can become of fossils. This would be good for grades k-5.
Guadalupe Ramirez
A big topic to cover in 3rd grade is fossils. Therefore, I think this book is great for an introduction on fossils. It is a non-fiction book that you can use for read aloud as it is not very long and it is written at a level where it is easy for young children to understand.
Aug 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
Overview of different kinds of fossils and how they're formed, in easy-to-understand language and pictures.
Jun 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, science
I like the diversity of the children drawn in this book. I also like the way it introduces the science behind fossils to young children.
Jennifer Chapman
Good introduction to fossils for little kids. Target audience would be independent readers.
Dec 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-kid-lit
A good introduction to the topic of fossils. I read it to my 3rd graders, then let them investigate some real fossils with magnifying glasses.
Oct 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone!
I thought it was good! I liked the end where it applied fossils to you and said you can make a fossil of your hand print with clay.

-Fossil Facts
-Application section in back
PERFECT for teaching about fossils telling a story about an animal of long ago.
Deborah Harris
AR Quiz No. 13815 EN Nonfiction
Accelerated Reader Quiz Information IL: LG - BL: 3.6 - AR Pts: 0.5
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Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Simple and yet informative. Our archaeology/dinosaur obsessed daughter loved this one.
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, geology
Great little book on fossils. Accurate details, and very interesting.
Mar 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book for children to help them understand the facts of fossils. It has bright illustrations and it is clearly written. Could be used for 1 - 3 level or a read-alone book for older students.
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Concise, easy-to-understand scientific information explained in kid-friendly language with clear layouts. I love Aliki's books because they are so accessible to kids.
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great nonfiction! Perfect for our whole rock unit, and perfect as a precursor to Thanksgiving Point's Museum of Ancient Life.
Megan Zimmerman
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-content
3- Fossils/Weathering
Apr 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a hit this book was with the girls. Basic picture book style explains the formation of fossils and what stories they tell us about our past.
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