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. Written by Deborah Frenkel, illustrated by Ingrid Bartkowiak


Author Deborah Frenkel explains the inspiration for writing NATUROPOLIS. See close up over the shoulder of fine artist Ingrid Bartkowiak as she brings Deb’s words to life. Naturopolis is a stunning masterpiece that connects children with nature all around them in the metropolis.

Plant the Seed - Unpack Your Thinking

Nature in Metropolis

What is going on in this picture?

Take your Writer’s Notebook and use your critical thinking skills.

See Think Wonder

  • List everything you see in the picture.
  • Write down what you think is happening in the picture.
  • Write down any questions or wonders you have.


What is actually happening – go to Story of cities #future: what will our growing megacities really look like? | Cities | The Guardian and see what this picture is really symbolising.

Modelled Thinking

Bronwyn Joyce The Global Write Creator

Let’s Write

Prompt 1

Create your own page that could be added to the book 

Naturopolis. Here are the first few pages: what plant or creature could be found in your naturopolis?

Prompt 2


Make a chart to compare the features and behaviours of solitary and social huntsman spiders. Compare similarities and differences between brushtail and ringtail possums. Both nature from Naturopolis. 




Compare the features and behaviours or the similarities and differences of nature that is living in your city. 

Prompt 3


Recreate a new front cover for the book Naturopolis. Be creative, colourful and think about what a sustainable nature metropolis would look like

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