Book Summary:

There once was a little dog named Tray. He lived in England with his owner, Mary Ann Anning. Besides Mary Ann, Tray loved one other thing: He loved to dig for dinosaur bones. Together he and Mary Ann found small bones, big bones, and even entire skeletons! People came from all around the world to see the bones they found.
This is the honestly true story of Tray, the dog that dug for dinosaurs.

Our Review:

“The Dog that Dug for Dinosaurs” is an endearing children’s book.  I thought it was pretty neat that this was apparently a true story written as a fun book for kids!  

What a great way to tell a story straight from history!  Stories like this certainly help bring history alive for children.  It was fun to go along with Tray (the dog) and Mary Ann (his owner) in England as they discovered numerous fossils from small sizes to enormous, and sold them to a shop as souvenirs for tourists. 

I feel like it’s a great way for children to learn more about the dinosaurs that once existed, and more about fossils.  One of the coolest parts of this to me was the fact that Mary Ann’s fossils became so popular, even a German king and the Duke of Buckingham traveled to visit the shop!  

I think this would be a fantastic book for young homeschoolers to learn more about fossils and dinosaurs.

      • Age Range: 6 – 8 years
      • Paperback: 32 pages
      • Publisher: Simon Spotlight; Repackage edition (July 1, 2004)
      • Language: English
      • ISBN-10: 068985708X
      • ISBN-13: 978-0689857089
      • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
      • Shipping Weight: 2.1 ounces




Writing prompt:  Mary Ann constantly searched for fossils and sold them to a shop as souvenirs for the town tourists.  What would you do with fossils if you happened to find a few?

Writing Prompt provided by Time4Writing, one of the foremost resources for homeschool writing courses.


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Interactive Spelling Games for “The Dog that Dug for Dinosaurs”

Alphabetize Arrange the words in alphabetical order.
Hang Mouse Complete each word by filling in the letters one at a time.
Missing Letter Figure out which letter is missing from each word.
Test-N-Teach Practice spelling words and hear them used in sentences.
Word Unscramble Rearrange the letters to correctly spell the words on the list.

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