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Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature Hardcover – October 4, 2011
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"The open-ended quality of the verse and the visual nature of the subject create plenty of opportunities for the art. The striking scratchboard illustrations use black lines, shapes, and crosshatched shading on white backgrounds to create strong compositions, while watercolor washes add subtle warmth and brilliance. . .There are, of course, many school uses for this, but just reading it aloud at home will make the everyday fascinating."—Booklist, starred review
"The observations, from a few words to a couple sentences, are tucked neatly into Krommes’s gorgeous scratchboard spreads."—School Library Journal, starred review
"Exquisitely simple and memorable."—Kirkus, starred review
"From the endpapers that gather together all the spirals depicted to the spiraling text on the title page verso, this book is elegantly constructed, and as poetry, picture book, or nonfiction, a success in every way."—The Horn Book, starred review
"This is one of those rare children’s books that make you look at the physical world differently. . .spirals are beautiful—whether we see in them hints of infinity, the promise of unfolding potential, or the embodiment of mathematical perfection."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
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Apart from all the beautiful pictures and poetic text, this book also provides the names of each species or spiral object shown. Turn to the back and you will see a short paragraph on each featured item, giving such facts as: "The Nautilus forms a sturdy home by curling around itself as it grows, adding to its shell at the outer lip", and "Galaxies, which are huge groups of millions or billions of stars, are often spiral shaped. No one knows exactly why...".
This is a beautiful intro to natural science for any preschool or lower elementary student. It's a great choice for group sharing or any child's personal collection. Use it as a starting point for discussions about the world around you and you will soon be going off on shape searches of your own.
The author and illustrator are both top notch. Joyce Sidman won the 2011 Newberry Honor for her book Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night, and Beth Krommes won the 2009 Caldecott Medal for her illustrations of The House in the Night. Together they create an artistic and poetic journey through nature, each page filled with motion and resonance.
Geared towards preschool and elementary school age children, this is a wonderful book for helping children to observe the shapes they see in nature. Each illustration has detailed labels of the objects pictured, and there's a wonderful explanatory index at the back of the book, making it a great supplemental book for teaching science.
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Such a beautifully illustrated and simply written book. A real delight and so enjoyed by our 4 yr old grandson and our whole family. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sandy C
This is a favorite, we love the illustrations and how it opened our eyes to patterns around us. https://anakalianwhims.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/swirl-by-swirl/Published 13 months ago by AnakaliaKlemm
I think I was on the page 3/4 spread of "Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature" when I gasped because of the fantastic concept. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Gail Gauthier
Wow, this book is absolutely incredible! I own 1,000s of children's books and great coffee table books with pictures, and I have to say: these illustrations blow so many books out... Read morePublished 16 months ago by EcoDesigner