Exploring Soils

A Hidden World Underground

September 2017
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    18th September 2017
  • ISBN 9781486305001
  • Language English
  • Pages 32 pp.
  • Size 10" x 8.625"
  • Images color illus

Have you ever wondered what happens in the earth underneath us? James has, and he wants to be a soil scientist. In Exploring Soils: A Hidden World Underground, James discovers that soil is not just dirt for digging in, it is an essential part of our world. He explores how plants and animals live in soil, how soils are formed, how they differ, and the ways that soil is essential in our lives.

Presenting a child-centered storyline written by Samantha Grover, a soil scientist and parent, and captivating illustrations from Camille Heisler, Exploring Soils will take you to an underground world filled with activity and discoveries.

This book aligns with Australian curriculum and Soil Science Australia’s "Soils in Schools" initiative and is supported by teacher resources, making it a perfect read for children 6-9 years old who are interested in the natural world around them, teachers and librarians, and parents and families.

Samantha Grover

Samantha Grover is a soil scientist. She and her plant ecologist partner have two young boys who are fascinated by the natural world. Their endless questions and the UNESCO International Year of Soils combined to inspire Dr. Grover to create her book, Exploring Soils, to share the wonder of soils with a wider audience.

Camille Heisler

Camille Heisler is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Melbourne. She is currently finishing her Masters in Contemporary Art. As a child, Camille became fascinated with the visual world as soon as she received her first pair of glasses. Camille loves color, making marks, and working with light, observing the detail of things. The subject matter of her work often brings into focus the overlooked and the as yet undiscovered.

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