Fossil by Claire Ewart

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When dinosaurs thundered across the land, and enormous reptiles swam in the salty oceans, reptiles called pterosaurs ruled the ancient skies. Claire Ewart transports readers back to the age of the dinosaurs to take flight with a majestic pterosaur that once soared through North American skies more than ninety million years ago, following it from sunup to sunup. And when the pterosaur finally lives out its natural life, layers of Earth and layers of time work to transform this creature into a fossil-an amazing transformation that happens over millions of years.

About Claire Ewart

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Ewart was born in Michigan and has been drawing since she could first hold a crayon. Several years after she graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design, she went on to illustrate children's books.
Published April 1, 2004 by Walker Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The minimal text is as much poetry as information: “Strong bone, / skimming salty breeze, / scooping squid from teeming seas.” Ewart addresses the vastness of time between then and now when the ornithocheirus dies: “Still bone, / silent bone, living days done.

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Harking back to the themes she explored in Paul Fleisch-man's Time Train , Ewart shows readers the imprint of the bone in the ground on the first page, then on the next spread, depicts the bone as it appears within a prehistoric bird's anatomy ("Thin bone,/ framing skin stretched tight,/ spread t...

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