Little People, BIG DREAMS: Mary Anning
Written by: Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara
Illustrated by: Popy Matigot
Meet Mary Anning, the first paleontologist, and daring fossil hunter.
When Mary was little, her family was very poor. She used to help her dad to comb for shells and bones up high on dangerous cliffs. After receiving a book as a gift from a kind benefactor, Mary learned all about fossils. She continued to hunt for them and made the startling discovery of a complete skeleton of an ichthyosaur. Sadly, she wasn’t allowed to study along with all the other men, but she carried on making her own discoveries—including dinosaur poo!—and advising the Geological Society when they needed help. It took a lifetime to receive recognition but we all remember her now as the mother of paleontology. This roar-some book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the paleontologist’s life.
Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara is the author and creator of the inspirational best-selling series Little People, BIG DREAMS. Growing up in the ’70s in Barcelona, her heroines were Pippi Longstocking, Momo and Tinkerbell, and she felt great admiration for the Spanish poet Gloria Fuertes. She dreamed of becoming a poet just like her one day. It took Maria Isabel almost 40 years and most of her savings to make her dream come true. In 2012, after 20 years of working in advertising, she self-published her first book. Two years later, she released what was meant to be a birth present for her twin nieces, Alba and Claudia: the very first title in the Little People, BIG DREAMS series.
Popy Matigot is an illustrator who has worked on projects for magazines, newspapers, brands and children’s literature. The digital and traditional media she is interested in – including painting, watercolour, pencil and embroidery – speak to her colourful and varied imagination, creating artwork that sits somewhere between poetry and fantasy. Her work invites you to explore this joyful universe and give free rein to your own imagination.
Size: 24 x 19.5cm