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A to Z of Australian Plants

Catherine Clowes Rachel Gyan



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CSIRO Publishing
01 February 2021
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Years ago I volunteered at the loan centre of the Queensland Museum, and this is exactly the sort of book we would have easily used in constructing our loans! Which is the highest praise I can personally give for any non-fiction children's book! Twenty-six native plants are featured on double page spreads. Rather beautiful and accurately rendered watercolour illustrations on clean white pages complement the excellent text which gives a good amount of information. Each plant has a fabulous fact in a separate box of text (for example - Utricularia trap swimming insects whilst Drosera catch flying ones) and also a simple activity connected with the plant (build a little shelter of fallen fan-palm leaves or look for the face in a Banksia cone, search for orchids in the leaf litter or the difference of the leaves in mistletoes in branches above you). Also contains an excellent glossary, and the endpapers cleverly illustrate botanical terms (petiole/anthers/stipule etc). A wonderful book to give to up-and-coming botanists, as it does not talk down to them, but enthuses with the delights of the multiplicity of our native flora!  Lindy Jones

Age range 6 to 12

Did you know that there are plants that eat insects? Plants whose seeds spread in poo? Plants that move when you touch them? And plants that grow on other plants?

Plantastic! presents 26 of Australia's most unique and incredible native plants. Discover and identify native plants found in your local park, bushland, or even in your very own backyard.

With its perfect balance of fun facts, activities, adventurous ideas and gorgeous illustrations, Plantastic! will prove just how fantastic Australia's native plants really are! 
By:   Catherine Clowes, Rachel Gyan
Imprint:   CSIRO Publishing
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 280mm,  Width: 215mm,  Spine: 9mm
Weight:   498g
ISBN:   9781486313211
ISBN 10:   1486313213
Pages:   64
Publication Date:   01 February 2021
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  Children / Juvenile
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Catherine Clowes is a botanist and a teacher with a passion for Australian native plants. She works as a field botanist, is completing a PhD in botany and loves teaching students about the wonders of the plant world. Catherine wrote this book for her two kids, and she is excited to be able to share it with other young explorers too! Rachel Gyan is an illustrator passionate about artful storytelling. Her heart-warming characters are empowered by whimsy, texture and vibrant colour palettes. Rachel enjoys studying Australian flora and wildlife, drawing inspiration from her surroundings to capture the beautiful and sometimes quirky nature of Australia in her work.

Reviews for Plantastic!: A to Z of Australian Plants

Welcoming, encouraging and inspiring, Plantastic! is a book for all. Kids, adults, families, classrooms, this is a book to devour with friends and beautiful inspiration for outdoor adventures in the stunning wilds of Australia. * Kids Book Review, 20 February 2021 *

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