Discovery in the Cave (Step into Reading)

Discovery in the Cave (Step into Reading)

Mark Dubowski

Language: English

Pages: 48

ISBN: 0375858938

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

This amazing true adventure story about the discovery of the Lascaux Cave will have young readers feeling that they've discovered something pretty special, too!


In 1940, four teenage boys and a dog dropped themselves into a hole in the forest floor. Using a flaming grease gun as a torch, they ventured deep underground, eventually coming to a huge cave, the walls of which were covered with life-size paintings of animals. Whole herds of horses! Deer with horns as big as tree branches! Giant bison! The boys were amazed by their discovery. They'd stumbled upon the world's finest examples of prehistoric painting!


Perfect for classroom use, this Step 4 Step into Reading book is realistically illustrated by award-winning artist Bryn Barnard.


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are carefully drawn over bulges in the rock wall that are shaped like the animals’ bodies. On the floor, they find chips of animal bone and rock powder that was used to make paint. The things they find, and the paintings, are very old. CHAPTER 3 16,000 BC A man wearing animal hide walks up a mountain trail. The trail follows the path of a dry riverbed. Many years before the man was born, water ran here. The water ran right through the mountain and formed a cave. The shells of clams

the cave long ago. The tunnel leads to a room with more than six hundred paintings and a thousand engravings—drawings scratched into the rock. They cover the walls and ceiling. The next room has five painted scenes. This one shows a black cow standing in front of horses, bison, and ibexes. An ibex is a kind of wild goat with large horns. After that is a room that has a different animal. It is a kind of large cat, or “feline.” It looks something like a cave lion, or jaguar. The European

jaguar is long extinct. Breuil tells other experts about the cave. They come from all over the world to see it. Before long, the cave at Lascaux is famous. Over the years, the cave is changed. Men build a smooth path inside. They put in electric lights. They add a door to the entrance. They put in machines that control the air in the cave. Many visitors come to see the cave. Soon, over a thousand people walk through it every day. The cave is like a museum. It even has guards. One of

falls like hard rain. The frightened animal barely gets away before one whole side of the mountain breaks apart and slides downhill! Seconds later, it is over. The mountain is quiet, but it has changed. Rocks that were at the top are now piled up at the bottom. Trees are bent and broken. In one place, the entrance to a cave has been buried under rubble. Was anyone inside? No one will know the answer for thousands of years. CHAPTER 2 Discovery! “Robot!” someone shouts. A dog

large tree that has fallen to the ground. The roots of the tree are torn from the soil. Where the tree stood, there is now a deep hole. But the hole is deeper than the roots of the tree. The boys dig to make the hole bigger. Marcel thinks it might hold buried treasure! “That’s enough digging,” says Marcel. He holds something—a tool from his uncle’s garage. A grease gun. Marcel strikes a match and holds the flame to the tip of the gun. The grease catches fire and burns like a candle. Then

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