From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6?Esbensen's poems draw attention to shapes and patterns, encouraging youngsters to observe the spirals, branches, polygons, meanders, and circles that appear all around them. For example, one selection describes the concentric circles left in the water by a fish as it jumps, and another the rings of a tree trunk. Attractive watercolor illustrations effectively reflect the concepts discussed. Younger children may need explanations for some of the abstract references to chemistry and geometry, such as how "Polygons" relate to honeycombs. Similarly, older readers may be put off by the picture-book format. Nonetheless, this is an imaginative addition that should please teachers looking for poetry to accent units on science or nature.?Melissa Hudak, North Suburban District Library, Roscoe, IL
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Gr. 3^-5, younger for reading aloud. Using poetry and paintings, this unusual book explores the repetition of shapes in the natural world. A note from the author and illustrator explains the mathematical formulation known as in the Fibonacci series that can be observed in nature, such as in the spiral rows of sunflower seeds. This leads into a poem and painting of sunflowers, grouped with pages featuring other spirals such as ferns, hurricanes, tornadoes, nautilus shells, and galaxies. Branches are also explored in verse and illustrations, and include tree branches and roots, leaf veins, blood veins, and lightning. The other three categories of shapes considered are polygons, meanders, and circles. Esbensen's verse speaks quietly and succinctly and is illustrated by sensitive watercolor artwork. A most original introduction to geometry in nature. Carolyn Phelan