Naturopolis

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Look closer, look with care and you may find a forest.... Among the steel and stone canyons of the city, nature flourishes in tiny, tenacious ways. Follow the ant (Iridomyrmex purpureus) to discover the scraps of wilderness hiding in plain sight in this lyrical celebration of urban flora and fauna.

Naturopolis is a wonderful acknowledgement of the unseen, and the world that awaits the viewer, eager to connect with nature. You don't have to go far to find what is waiting for us beneath our feet. A title that will be popular with families, primary classrooms and anyone who loves to celebrate the myriad of life on our planet. "A book that speaks to young people on every level, as is exactly what they need now." - JACKIE FRENCH AM AGES: 4 plus

AUTHOR: Deb is a human (Homo sapiens). She lives in Melbourne with her young family and a number of ring tail possums (Pseudocheirus peregrinus) who occasionally drop by. When she's not writing for kids, she's usually copy writing for TV commercials, billboards, and the labels of shampoo bottles. Kids, thankfully, are usually more appreciative.

ILLUSTRATOR: An artist and illustrator based in Brisbane, Australia, Ingrid works in water colour and oils. Her practice revolves around her fascination with nature and its intricacies. Ingrid completed her Bachelor of Fine Art in 2019 at the Queensland College of Art. Engaging with native flora and fauna, her illustrations are whimsical and encourage an appreciation for nature. They often feature both realistic illustrative elements, merged with abstraction and blocks of vibrant colour. There is a focus on detailing and pattern, with one of Ingrid's earlier interests being in the visual tropes of the arts and crafts movement. A highly talented artist, this is her first children's book.