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Leaf Litter : Exploring the Mysteries of a Hidden World - Rachel Tonkin

Leaf Litter

Exploring the Mysteries of a Hidden World


Published: 1st April 2010
For Ages: 5 - 7 years old
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RRP $17.99

Put simply, Leaf Litter is Stephen Beisty's Cross-Sections meets Where′s Wally with lift-the-flaps - from an ecological point of view!

In a time when respect for and understanding of our environment are paramount, Leaf Litter is an excellent introduction to the intricate and complex relationships that exist in our natural world.

Leaves, twigs, branches and bark collect on the ground in forests all over the world. We call it leaf litter, but it isn′t really rubbish at all. If you look closely at leaf litter you will discover a world of animals and plants living side by side, a busy secret world we hardly ever see.

In this exquisitely illustrated book, award-winning author/illustrator Rachel Tonkin explores a small patch of leaf litter beneath one tree, which contains a hidden world that changes day by day.

The more you look, the more amazing things you will find.

About the Author

Rachel Tonkin has illustrated over fifty children's books, including Papa and the Olden Days (a Children's Book Council Honour Book) and Lucy and the Whale (shortlisted for the Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children's Literature). She has also written and illustrated several titles including What Was the War Like, Grandma? And Grandpa’s Stories (both shortlisted for the Children's Book Council's Eve Pownall Information Award), When I was a Kid (shortlisted for a NSW Premier's Award) and, most recently, To the Goldfields!


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Explorations for the curious

By Rosie

from Canberra, AU

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Understand
  • Informative
  • Inspirational
  • Relevant
  • Well Written


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    • Younger Readers

    Comments about Leaf Litter:

    Leaf LItter is a beautiful book and a colourful way to convince people that rather than being drab, dead and lifeless, leaf litter is teaming with nutrient-generating organisms from microbes to invertebrates and reptiles, frogs, and small mammals. Leaf Litter is an ideal introduction to the vitality and essential nature of soil and an affirmation that we cannot afford to destroy the ground layer of the land. It's a book to encourage the inquisitive nature of alert people and to entice all outside into the real world.

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    ISBN: 9780207198441
    ISBN-10: 0207198446
    Audience: Children
    For Ages: 5 - 7 years old
    For Grades: K - 3
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 32
    Published: 1st April 2010
    Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
    Dimensions (cm): 36.5 x 23.5  x 0.4
    Weight (kg): 0.5