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Wild Fibonacci Paperback – July 27, 2010
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Open the book to create a golden rectangle, a form related to the Fibonacci sequence.
An amazing resource for both math and natural science teachers, as well as other educators. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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You cannot give this book to a child and have them understand the connection of the Fibonacci sequence to nature without outside help.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was a little disappointed. I thought it would be more about where to find the Fibonacci numbers inside of nature, instead of counting animals that make those numbers.Published 13 months ago by Vicky Miley
Excellent introduction of the concept for children ages 5 and above. Fabulous illustrations.Published 13 months ago by Ann B Scott
There is nothing physically wrong with the book but I didn't like the content.Published 16 months ago by Hortencia