Seed to Sky

Life in the Daintree

Illustrator: Liz Anelli

Binding: Hardcover

Imprint: Walker Books Australia

Book 3 of Nature Storybooks Series

Age 4+

Children's & Young Adult: General Non-Fiction

Nature Storybooks
Every wonderful word is true!
In the oldest rainforest on Earth, on the oldest continent, a seed falls to the ground.
Over hundreds of years, the seed will grow into a sapling reaching for the sunlight, to become a tree towering above the rainforest canopy.
Generations of insects, butterflies, bird, lizards, snakes and an abundance of native wildlife will bear witness to the magnificent Bull Kauri pine...


Pamela Freeman is an award-winning children’s author who has also worked as a freelance business and technical writer. Pamela’s work ranges from picture books to young adult novels and she is best known for her Floramonde series of fantasy novels which include The Willow Tree's Daughter, Windrider and The Centre of Magic. The Castings Trilogy is Pamela’s highly successful fantasy series for adults published by Hachette Australia. In addition to this, she teaches creative writing to adults at the Sydney Writers’ Centre. Victor’s Challenge won the 2009 Aurealis Award for Best Children’s Short Fiction/Illustrated Work/Picture Book and was a Notable Book in the Younger Readers Category, Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards, 2010. For more information about Pamela and her books, please visit her website:

Liz Anelli once had a job dusting dinosaurs at London’s Natural History Museum. Nowadays she draws every day and illustrates picture books; combining collage, printmaking and paint into digitally composed artworks. These have collected numerous shortlistings and awards. In between books she creates quirky illustrated maps. Having spent ten glorious years in Australia she and her husband are now living in Cambridge, England. Liz loves sharing her passion for making pictures at festivals, libraries and schools around the world. She is represented by Fiona Kenshole at Transatlantic Literary Agency USA and can be found at, Liz Anelli on Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook and @lizillustrator on Twitter.


With breathtaking illustrations, Seed to Sky: Life in the Daintree is packed with fun facts about the animals and plants native to the Daintree Rainforest region.

Books + Publishing

This is another fantastic book from Pamela Freeman, exploring nature for younger and older readers, and showing the beauty and importance of nature in our lives, and how our natural world and environments, particularly in Australia, have been shaped over many, many years. This engaging book combines Pamela’s wonderful words with Liz Anelli’s impressive and evocative illustrations, bringing a part of Australia to life for everyone.

Ashleigh Meikle

This beautiful addition to the wonderful series of books called Nature Storybooks, concentrates on the most astounding rainforest in Australia, the Daintree. The reader is taken on a journey, using two different fonts to differentiate the story of the seed, from the information about the rainforest and its inhabitants. Each is engrossing, as we follow life around the magnificent Bull Kauri Pine.


Seed to Sky is a powerful resource for children aged 4+ and adults alike, and provides insightful knowledge on what Australia is perhaps most known for—its unique flora and fauna.

Books + Publishing

The text is cleverly organised along two differing language styles, making this book relevant to a wide age range. Descriptive, lyrical, narrative style passages masterfully conjure vivid imagery and tell short engaging anecdotes suited for younger kids… Anelli’s detailed, accurate illustrations of the abundant fauna and flora of the Daintree Rainforest fill the pages, adding rich meaning to the text and capturing the idyllic rainforest scenery of the Daintree.

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