||Nancy's picks for the best picture book
biographies of Summer 1999
and ideas for using them in the classroom. Compiled by
Nancy Polette © 1999.
- Last updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2002
GIRL, BONE GIRL. THE STORY OF MARY ANNING by Laurence Anholt.Orchard,
- Because she had always
been fascinated by the strange bone
shapes buried in the crumbly clay cliffs
of Dorset, Mary Anning at age 12 makes
one of the most important scientific
discoveries of her time.....a sea monster
as long as a tree and more that one
hundred and sixty five million years old.
OF GOLD by
Rosemary Wells. Dial, 1999
- In 1894 Mary Antin and her
family fled Russia leaving behind
familiar family, language and customs to
come to America where for the first time
she could go to school. As an adult she
wrote The Promised Land to tell
of her experiences...a book that is still
read today. This short illustrated
biography tells of both her struggles and
of her remarkable achievement.
BIG ADVENTURE by Sallie Ketcham. Orchard
- Johann bragged that he was
the greatest organist in all of Germany.
His brother told him that Reincken in
Hamburg was greater. In disbelief Johann
walked the thirty miles to Hamburg to
hear the old man play. His brother was
right. Johann had much to learn and after
playing with the old man, he was
determined, with hard work, to someday be
Jacqueline Briggs Martin,
- Wilson Bentley had a
passion for snowflakes as a boy that
continued as an adult.Through his
photographs and amazing observations,
Wilson made discoveries not known to the
greatest scientific minds of his day.
NEIGHBOR IS A STRANGE, STRANGE MAN by Tres Seymour. Orchard, 1999.
- Here is a lively portrait
of the creator of the very first
human-powered airplane to take
flight---even before the Wright Brothers.
The bright illustrations by Walter Krudup
and the gentle humor of the text are just
right for Melville's story.
DEAR NOEL, THE STORY OF A LETTER FROM
BEATRIX POTTER. by Jane Johnson. Dial 1999
- Because of her special
friendship with young Noel Moore, Beatrix
Potter sent him many illustrated letters
when he became ill. These letters later
became her first and most famous book, The
Tale of Peter Rabbit.