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Exploring Soils

A Hidden World Underground

Samantha Grover Camille Heisler



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CSIRO Publishing
01 June 2017
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This is a simple introduction to soil science for young primary age readers. It's told through the eyes of a young boy, James, whose innate curiosity has him exploring dirt - the insects that live in it, how compost is formed, the origins of soil and its different types, and how we use it. The illustrations are full of light and use a subdued colour palette, with just the right amount of detail to be educational when necessary, and to show the wonder of the the world through James' perceptions. A worthy effort from CSIRO publishing. Lindy Jones


Age range 6 to 9 years  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, but 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. Written by Samantha Grover, a soil scientist and parent, and with engaging illustrations from Camille Heisler, Exploring Soils will take you to an underground world filled with activity and discoveries.  Teachers Notes available
By:   Samantha Grover, Camille Heisler
Imprint:   CSIRO Publishing
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 220mm,  Width: 285mm,  Spine: 9mm
Weight:   180g
ISBN:   9781486305001
ISBN 10:   1486305008
Pages:   32
Publication Date:   01 June 2017
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  Children/juvenile ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Children / Juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Dr 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 this book to share the wonder of soils with a wider audience. Camille Heisler is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Melbourne. She is currently finishing a Master 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 colour, 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. She also loves to read. For this book Camille enjoyed the challenge and wonder of working with pencil and watercolour. She hopes you like the end result.

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