The Squid, the Vibrio and the Moon
1st February 2019
- ISBN 9781486309894
- Language English
- Pages 40 pp.
- Size 9" x 9"
- Images color illus throughout
When he hatches from his egg, Sepio, a baby bobtail squid, is not able to glow. His dark shape is too obvious in the moonlit water and all kinds of predators lurk nearby. Ali, an intrepid Vibrio fischeri bacterium, is determined to reach safety too.
Can Ali and Sepio help each other?
The Squid, the Vibrio and the Moon is a beautifully illustrated storybook about the symbiotic relationship between the Hawaiian bobtail squid and the bioluminescent bacteria that help it glow in the moonlight.
Originally published in 2014, this book has been extensively re-written to delight and captivate primary-school aged readers.
- A beautifully illustrated science-adventure story, set in the waters of Hawaii
- Accurate text, created in collaboration with scientists
- Engages children in the invisible world of microbes
- An extensively re-worked edition of an original book published in 2014
- The Small Friends Books series combines cutting-edge scientific research, rich narrative and beautiful illustrations to tell stories that describe symbiotic partnerships between microbes and larger life forms.
"The book is a beautiful, engaging, and effective work of science communication for a young audience."Associate Professor Jeff Shimeta, Microbiology Australia 40(1), February 2019
"All children who I have read this book to have enjoyed it for a myriad of reasons – some enjoy the facts section at the back, others enjoy the story, some enjoy the sketches of the different sea creatures and of course many enjoy the whole book!"Vanessa Rendall, Educate Empower blog, 18 January 2019
"This book had me captivated and brought home to me the wonder of symbiosis. It is a must for all libraries so as the children can understand how these incredible relationships have evolved."Merle Morcom, Good Reading Magazine, April 2019
"The informative illustrations in the science reference section are particularly good, with enough detail and explanation to articulate complex and sophisticated biological concepts to little people (and big people)."Sam Lloyd, Children's Books Daily, 7 May 2019
"This book adds to the growing number of children’s books on microbes, which I think is fantastic given the important role they play in our life and the environment. I would highly recommend it to teachers and parents of children who are interested in biology and the marine environment."Allyson O'Brien, Australian Marine Sciences Associations Bulletin, July 2019
"For those curious about these fascinating creatures, it is a great extra resource. You could use it when discussing marine environments and biomes as well as an extra station activity."Kelly Hack, Interaction 47(2), June 2019