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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 cooperation and ancient partnership, about events happening all over the Earth, in the hidden worlds beneath our feet.
- A beautifully illustrated science-adventure story, created in collaboration with scientists
- Engages children in the invisible world of microbes
- "The Science Behind the Story" section allows for deeper exploration of the scientific concepts underpinning the story
- Teacher Notes available to support the use of this book in the classroom
- 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.
"A beautifully illustrated, exciting and engaging story that is sure to inspire a child’s imagination; while providing a scientifically accurate glimpse into the complex structure and living networks within soil."Dr. Eva Schneider and Dr. Elaine Ingham, Soil Foodweb
"Nema and the Xenos: A Story of Soil Cycles is a must-read for every child and every adult to remember that microbes make us, we are soil, we are members of a complex, creative, cooperative Earth Family."Vandana Shiva - Scientist, Environmentalist and Author
"Biological verité but as gripping and exotic as a fairy tale."Dorion Sagan - Writer and Theorist
"Nema and the Xenos is a clever story that enlightens readers ages 8-12 of the detailed nature of soil and its inhabitants. The illustrations are scientific and picturesque allowing young readers to see scientific diagrams and words and link this to tangible natural objects."Vanessa Rendall, Educate Empower blog, 11 July 2019