Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in nature – Joyce Sidman

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  • Age Range: 4 – 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3
  • Lexile Measure: 330L
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 054731583X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547315836

EXCERPT from Amazon.com:
A Caldecott medalist and a Newbery Honor-winning poet celebrate the beauty and value of spirals.What makes the tiny snail shell so beautiful? Why does that shape occur in nature over and over again—in rushing rivers, in a flower bud, even inside your ear?

With simplicity and grace, Joyce Sidman’s poetry paired with Beth Krommes’s scratchboard illustrations not only reveal the many spirals in nature—from fiddleheads to elephant tusks, from crashing waves to spiraling galaxies—but also celebrate the beauty and usefulness of this fascinating shape.

Rationale for Inclusion:
By making connections between the natural world and mathematical patterns, Swirl by Swirl makes fractals accessible to young readers. This book introduces topics like environmental  and biological diversity in the context of repeated spiral patterns.

Bonus: Animation and music set to the illustrations can be found here.

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