The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Peculiar Pairs in Nature
Sami Bayly
Publisher: Hachette Australia
ISBN: 9780734420046
Awards Year: 2022
Category: Eve Pownall Award


Discover 60 of the most peculiar pairs in nature and learn how plant and animal species rely on each other for their survival.

Whether it be a rare tick living in the fur of a pygmy possum, a stick insect feasting and hiding out amongst the Melaleuca or a handfish laying its eggs on a sea squirt, incredible natural relationships deserve to be explored and celebrated. Investigating all types of relationships, from symbiotic to parasitic, this is an eye-opening guide to the natural world.

Many species steer clear of those who are different, but the animals and plants in this book have evolved to form relationships with some of the most unlikely partners, and they couldn't live without them.

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The CBCA judges say...

An exquisitely illustrated and informative encylopaedia of curious pairings and interdependencies. Text is thoroughly researched and well organised. Each ‘pair’ double page includes: scientific names, a full page detailed illustration, and the ‘fact’ information on the other (description, peculiar pairing, conservation status, diet, location/habitat, fun facts). The language is clear, with humour in parts, and explains factual and anecdotal information effectively. High visual impact enhances engagement and appeal: including large hardback, colourful, detailed illustrations and an attached ribbon bookmark, encouraging readers to return, explore further and personalise their reading progress.

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