This section is from the "The New Student's Reference Work Volume 5: How And Why Stories" by Elinor Atkinson.
The story of the earth is long. It is found recorded in the rocks. These pictures tell a part of it. You see a stream which ages ago flowed down through the mountains to the sea. Its rushing current carried sand, gravel and stones which fell to the bottom of the sea and covered up shells, bones of fish, etc, which lay on the bottom.
Later great monsters lived in the sea; some of these are shown here. The large one lifting its head above the water had a long name which means "fish lizard." As time passed the stream grew broader and washed down more stones and soil which fell into the sea, covering the sea weeds, shells, bones of dead fish, etc
The great fish lizard was killed in a fight with other monsters, and its body fell to the bottom. Trees now grew on the land and dead trunks and branches fell into the sea, became water-soaked and dropped to the bottom. All these were covered up by material which was carried down by the stream, now become a great river.
At length great animals appeared on the land. One of these died on the river's edge; its body was caught in the swollen current and carried to the sea bottom. Here it was soon buried under the shower of soil and gravel which the river kept pouring into the sea. Each layer of this material, sand, gravel and remains of animals spread on the sea bottom hardened into rock under pressure from above.
After long ages men began to live on the earth. They lived in a very crude way. They had clumsy boats made from hollow tree trunks, bows and arrows and stone hatchets. One day a man dropped his stone hatchet from his boat and it fell to the sea bottom and was buried in the mud.
The ocean bed was thus built up toward the surface, and finally became dry land. Men dug deep into the earth, and in the rocks found marks of these buried objects; the stone hatchet, the animal and vegetable remains, shells, bones of fishes, etc., in descending layers of rock, and thus read the story as we have it here.