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

Leaf Litter

Exploring the Mysteries of a Hidden World

Paperback Published: 1st April 2010
ISBN: 9780207198441
Number Of Pages: 32
For Ages: 5 - 7 years old

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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 you will find.

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!

Great book to read to a child!

5

Bought this for my grandchild. She loved it!

Ipswich WLD

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A highly informative book about our undercover world

5

This book holds more than I expected. It has beautiful illustrations depicting what is in the leaf litter of box-ironbark forests of Australia. It shows us what happens in the hidden world. For example it shows a dead blue tongue amongst the leaf litter. Then it has a lift the flap that reveals the maggots inside eating it away. Each page also has some precise information about what is happening through the seasons. It is enhanced by information at the back that relates to what you might find on each page with a magnifying glass. If we are to protect the natural world around us we must first understand what is in the hidden world beneath a tree. This books helps enhance our interest. Perfect for preschoolers. I can also see it used within a school with a double page spread analysed each week.

Jewells, NSW Australia

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Great service

5

Educational resource

Perth WA

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Lovely drawings

5

Great gift for young ones

Nsw

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This is a beautiful and well thought out book

5

I look for bugs and beetles and worms with my grandchild and come home to this book which he actively can share with me. Looking for the beetles and worms under the flaps in the beautiful illustrations. A book to treasure on your bookshelf for those moments when we need to stop and think about this extraordinary world that we live in

north East Victoria

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Wonderful

4

Great to get primary school kids interested in ecology.

Melbourne, Australia

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Not just for the kids

5

Beautifully illustrated and very informative about the importance of leaf litter for forest ecosystems and habitat health. Should be mandatory reading for fire and forestry agencies.

Lake Tyers Beach, VIC

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a delight for young children

5

This book is just the thing for young children who love to explore in the bush or in their own backyard. It talks about what you can find amongst the leaves,rocks and crevices etc. What I really loved is that it is written for and about Australian conditions.

Sydney Australia

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A treasure in environmental education

5

Although this book is aimed at children, many adults would learn much about the important role leaf litter plays in a healthy forest ecosystem. Should be read by fire authorities and forest managers. The publisher's website contains an excellent teacher's guide for the book.

Lake Tyers Beach, VIC

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Explorations for the curious

5

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.

Canberra, AU

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Leaf Litter

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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
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 36.5 x 23.5  x 0.4
Weight (kg): 0.5

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