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Wild Fibonacci: Nature's Secret Code Revealed Hardcover – September 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tricycle Press; First Edition edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582461546
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582461540
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,668,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 2-4–Whodathunkit? A Fibonacci counting book! Ever since a 13th-century Italian mathematician described this intriguing numeric sequence, people have been discovering this pattern everywhere. Hulme runs through a Fibonacci count from 1 to 89, introducing each number in a colorful spread that shows the numeral as the sum of the two that came before it (1, 1, 1+1=2, 1+2=3, etc.). The amounts are represented visually by groups of species (e.g., 3+5=8 is illustrated with three leopards and five tigers). The simple rhyming text also points out physical characteristics (talons, teeth, seahorse tails, etc.) that reflect Fibonacci sequencing. Schwartz's handsome, realistic acrylics add impact to the text (though the shells come up one short). An author's note offers a brief history of the subject and gives suggestions for finding these sequences in nature. A diagram provides some visualization of the curve that can be plotted from the numbers, but does not clarify the concept. While some youngsters may be intrigued by this simplistic look at a new method of counting, it is difficult to determine for whom this book is intended. Fibonacci sequences may be beyond the grasp of the audience this pictorial work might attract and older children who might be fascinated by the topic could be put off by the format.–Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James C. Grant on June 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Wild Fibonacci is a beautifully illustrated book that introduces the reader to the Fibonacci sequence and how it appears in nature. For those not familiar with it, the Fibonacci sequence is 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34 and so on where the next number is found by adding the two before it (e.g. 2+3=5, 3+5=8).

Author Joy Hulme starts with a clear and simple explanation of the concepts, giving the most commonly claimed examples of where the Fibonacci numbers appear in Nature. Then, with pictures and rhyming verse aimed at the younger audience, she cleverly integrates the formula of the sequence (e.g. 2+3=5) with pictures of animals who have body parts (tusk, tooth, talon, or tail) whose curvature appears to fit a spiral.

The book is an excellent choice for parents wanting to instill a love of Mathematics in children because it shows its relevance by linking it to Nature. The rhymes stumble occasionally, but make up for it by being chock full of information for the inquisitive mind. It teaches, addition, number sequences and geometry. The major shortcoming of the book is that it tries too hard to fit animal's shapes to the curvature of the Golden Spiral, the "equiangular spiral" formed by Fibonacci squares (shown in the book). The author seems to suggest any equiangular spiral is a Golden Spiral. The sea shells shown have a spiral pattern but clearly do not grow at the same rate as the Golden Spiral, an error that will not be lost on a bright young reader. This makes it unsuitable for the high school level.

(The Fibonacci numbers (and the Golden Ratio) appear in plants but not animals - with the exception of bees)

Altogether, the book is a wonderful addition to a child's library.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael on October 31, 2008
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Although this book has some pretty pictures and some basic information about Fibonacci, it fails to provide good connections between the pictures and the Fibonacci sequence. The text, in rhyme, has nothing to do with Fibonacci. So, although the pictures are pretty, the book fails at it's most fundamental point, it fails to illustrate how Fibonacci numbers are seen in nature.

You cannot give this book to a child and have them understand the connection of the Fibonacci sequence to nature without outside help.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margie Read VINE VOICE on May 28, 2011
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Having been fascinated by numbers all my life and absolutely enchanted with Fibonacci, this book, though aimed at a younger reader, is fascinating and most enjoyable. It is an excellent introduction for a young mathematician that can also be enjoyed as a parent/child reader. It also should be in every elementary school library. Highly recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Smith on August 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The book needed more information, for instance, the counting of Fibonacci sequence of numbers.. It was confusing. I think I will write one.
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LOVE the authors use of illustrations to help make a very complex pattern come to life in a very concrete and meaningful way! Kudos!
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