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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.


y separately published work icon The Squid, the Vibrio & the Moon Ailsa Wild , Aviva Reed (illustrator), Melbourne : Scale Free Network , 2013 8355676 2013 single work picture book children's

'This book is about a symobiotic relationship. It tells the story of a Bobtail squid and the bacteria that help it glow in the moonlight.

First we meet Ali, an intrepid Vibrio fischerie bacterium determined to reach safety. Then we meet Sepio, a baby Bobtail squid who is still unable to glow. His dark shape is too obvious in the moonlit water and all kinds of predators lurk nearby. Can Ali and Sepio help each other? What kind of dangers do they face? What can we learn from their adventure?' (Source: Back cover)

Melbourne : Scale Free Network , 2013
y separately published work icon Zobi and the Zoox Zobi and the Zoox : A Story of Coral Bleaching Ailsa Wild , Aviva Reed (illustrator), Briony Barr , Gregory Crocetti , Melbourne : Scale Free Network , 2014 8355612 2014 single work picture book children's

With her home under threat from a warming ocean, Zobi, a brave rhizobia bacterium, teams up with a family of slow but steady Zoox (zooxanthellae). The coral becomes gravely ill and bacteria around them begin to starve. Can Zobi and the Zoox work together to save the day?

This book is about a symbiotic relationship. It tells the story of the microscopic friends living in a tiny coral polyp. (Source: Back cover)

Melbourne : Scale Free Network , 2014
y separately published work icon Nema and the Xenos : A Story of Soil Cycles Ailsa Wild , Gregory Crocetti , S. Patricia Stock , Aviva Reed (illustrator), Briony Barr (illustrator), Clayton : CSIRO Publishing Scale Free Network , 2019 16948054 2019 picture book children's

'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.

Clayton : CSIRO Publishing Scale Free Network , 2019
y separately published work icon The Forest in the Tree Ailsa Wild , Briony Barr , Gregory Crocetti , Aviva Reed (illustrator), Clayton : CSIRO Publishing , 2020 19555233 2020 single work picture book children's

'This is a story about trees and fungi connected through a 'wood wide web' - told by one tiny fungal spore.

'A little fungus meets a baby cacao tree and they learn to feed each other. They cooperate with a forest of plants and a metropolis of microbes in the soil. But when drought strikes can they work together to survive?

'The fourth book in the Small Friends Books series, this science-adventure story explores the Earth-shaping partnerships between plants, fungi and bacteria.' (Publication summary)

Clayton : CSIRO Publishing , 2020

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