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y separately published work icon Nema and the Xenos : A Story of Soil Cycles picture book   children's  
Issue Details: First known date: 2019... 2019 Nema and the Xenos : A Story of Soil Cycles
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'The tale of a tiny worm, the bacteria that live inside her, and a tree being munched on by a grub.

'This is a story about tiny creatures that live in the darkness of the soil.

'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 journey underground. The Xenos, a group of wise but deadly bacteria, hitch a ride. The story of how they help the tree is full of action, life-or-death challenges and microscopic warfare. It is a story of co-operation and ancient partnership, about events happening all over the Earth, in the hidden worlds beneath our feet.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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    • Clayton, Murrumbeena - Oakleigh - Springvale area, Melbourne South East, Melbourne, Victoria,: CSIRO Publishing ; Scale Free Network , 2019 .
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      Extent: 48 p.p.
      Description: col. illus.
      • Published August 2019.
      ISBN: 9781486312160 (hbk), 9781486312177 (ebook)
      Series: y separately published work icon Small Friends Melbourne : Scale Free Network , 2013-2014 17205937 2013 series - publisher picture book

      The Small Friends storybook project tells stories of microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, viruses) and the intimate relationships they form with larger forms of life. Each story combines engaging written narrative and beautiful illustrations inspired by rich scientific concepts. The books promote the idea that cooperation is a dominant paradigm of nature, not just competition. They portray microbes in a positive light, countering misguided hysteria around germs and hygiene.

      The theme of symbiosis is reflected in the creative team behind the storybook, comprised of a writer, illustrator and microbial ecologist who will work with active scientists, all coordinated by Scale Free Network. The combined work of these collaborators explains these natural phenomena in a way that no single person could do on their own.

      In 2019, Scale Free Network developed a partner with CSIRO Publishing to publish The Small Friends series.

      Number in series: 3
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