Nema and the Xenos: A Story of Soil Cycles
Ailsa Wild,Aviva Reed,Briony Barr,Gregory Crocetti
When a tree cries out in pain, some unexpected heroes come to the rescue. Nema and her gang of young nematodes (tiny worms) embark on a dangerous underground journey, accompanied by the Xenos, a group of wise but deadly bacteria.
"A beautifully illustrated, exciting and engaging story that is sure to inspire a child’s imagination; while providing a scientifically accurate glimpse into the complex structure and living networks within soil."
"Nema and the Xenos: A Story of Soil Cycles is a must-read for every child and every adult to remember that microbes make us, we are soil, we are members of a complex, creative, cooperative Earth Family."
“Truth is stranger than fiction, and science truth is stranger than science fiction: Here is an adventure story as inspiring as any fairy tale—an epic tale of symbiosis which teaches children (and grownups!) ethics, ecology, and survival—and also happens to be true!”
- RRP (AUD)
Aviva is a multidisciplinary artist and visual ecologist who explores complex science through painting and immersive installation.
Small Friends Books
The Small Friends Books series combines cutting-edge scientific research, rich narrative and beautiful illustrations to tell stories that describe symbiotic partnerships between microbes and larger life forms.