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Ailsa Wild: Small Friends Storytelling

Session Info:

The Small Friends Storytelling program features award winning illustrated science-adventure stories starring microbes, molecules and mucus – members of the tiny symbiotic societies living inside different marine animals. These books highlight the role of partnerships and co-operation in nature (not just competition). The session involves a reading, a writing activity and a Q and A.

Zobi and the Zoox –winner of the Puggle Award Children’s Choice Environmental Award for Children’s Literature tells the story of the microscopic friends living in a tiny coral polyp, based on the Great Barrier Reef. With her home under threat from a warming ocean, Zobi, a brave rhizobia bacterium, teams up with a family of slow but steady Zoox (zooxanthellae). The coral becomes gravely ill and bacteria around them begin to starve. Can Zobi and the Zoox work together to save the day? Zobi and the Zoox is ideal for years 3-8.

A team-taught session with visual ecologist and illustrator Aviva Reed is also available for this session!

Topics covered

  • What are microbes?
  • What is symbiosis
  • Writing stories inspired by science
  • Session with Aviva Reed includes illustrating science

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