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With a Little Kelp from Our Friends

The Secret Life of Seaweed: History, Culture and Environment

Mathew Bate Liz Rowland



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Thames & Hudson
26 January 2021
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- A big beautiful book that explains the importance of seaweed. Lots of facts simply and entertainingly presented - everything from what seaweed is and its different varieties to how it's used by different cultures around the world, medicinal properties and unique features, marine permaculture to the threats of global warming and much more besides. There are suggested activities, glossary and inspiring (not frightening!) ways to make a difference in protecting the world. A fascinating book enhanced by glowing and softly coloured oil painting and pastel illustrations, which will open the eyes of any reader to the wonders and usefulness of this intriguing species!  Lindy Jones

'A great, easy-to-understand book for kids about how important seaweed is.' - Tim Flannery

Did you know that feeding seaweed to cows can reduce the methane in their burps and farts by more than half? Or that a forest of kelp absorbs more carbon than a tropical rainforest of the same size? We can even make edible bioplastics from seaweed!

Beyond the tideline, there are around 10,000 types of seaweed. An essential ingredient for life on Earth, seaweed has sustained animals and people for many thousands of years. From ancient history and mythology to modern uses in food, health and medicine, discover how seriously cool seaweed is, and how it can even help tackle climate change.

Complete with a guide to common seaweeds and foraging guidelines, this charmingly illustrated picture book will educate and inspire, and encourage respect for the natural world. 
By:   Mathew Bate
Illustrated by:   Liz Rowland
Imprint:   Thames & Hudson
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 354mm,  Width: 258mm,  Spine: 14mm
Weight:   807g
ISBN:   9781760760946
ISBN 10:   1760760943
Pages:   64
Publication Date:   26 January 2021
Recommended Age:   From 7 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Mathew Bate is a writer and poet with an interest in changing the narrative of climate change and how people relate to natural landscapes. Passionate about regenerative agriculture, he has developed a deep affinity for seaweed and its remedial power. Mat is the former co-editor of Matters Journal and his work has been published in Dumbo Feather, Cordite Poetry Review and Gippslandia. He is currently studying regenerative agriculture at Southern Cross University, the first degree of its kind in the world.

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