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Growing Patterns by Sarah Campbell

Growing Patterns

by Sarah Campbell

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A unique book that explores the connection of the Fibonacci sequence in nature. The book allows the reader to observe how the Fibonacci sequence occurs naturally with flowers and shapes of species.

A wonderful book to share with students to teach the Fibonacci sequence. I love the photographs in this book and the connections with nature. This book also provides the reader with a glossary to support the terminology of the book. ( )
  mcnicol_08 | Apr 27, 2015 |
This is about Fibonacci numbers in nature. This book shows us how many plants grow from seeds and into beautiful plants. Flowers, such as, spiderworts, contain three petals and are very unique in color. This book is informational and shows beautiful pictures of flowers to represent the descriptions written in the book. The beginning of the book asks the reader to count the petals on each flower. This book teaches a clear understanding of what Fibonacci numbers and counting is. This book is focused on counting and shapes. This could be very helpful in a math or science classroom. ( )
  Raquelb | Nov 19, 2014 |
This book would be good to use in both a math class and in biology. The book starts of with the mysterious code of what provides plants and animals their shape, size, and color. The book then work towards answering this question with an exploration of the number pattern known as Fibonacci numbers. The beginning of the book starts with simple plants with 1, 2, and 3 petals. The amount of text correspond to the simplicity of the examples. As the sequence of numbers increase in size, the amount of text per page increases.
I enjoy the order in the information is presented. The author is asking the reader to use inductive reasoning to come to a conclusion about the patterns seen. The author also prompts readers with questions to help them make their observations. Observations could be made from beautiful, detailed photos included in each page of the book.
The book includes a pronunciation guide embedded in the text (Fibonacci)and a glossary the end. Both of these features are necessary to further explain about Fibonacci since the book is written for very young readers. ( )
  ktnguyen | Apr 26, 2014 |
As a mathematician and fan of the Golden Section, I was expecting a bit more from this book. The book contains three basic examples of Fibonacci numbers and one of the examples is lacking in relation. I was surprised to see a page at the end of the book that shows examples not containing Fibonacci numbers. The last page titled More about Fibonacci Numbers was more informative and interesting than the rest of the entire book.

That being said, this book could possibly spark an interest in a student who is otherwise not interested in mathematics. It shows a relation between math, nature, and the arts. The book design is great from the page size representing the Golden Ratio to the pattern of pictures in the flower example.

I really wish this book had more details about such a rich and wonderful topic. ( )
  mapalumbo | Jan 17, 2014 |
I really enjoyed this book. Fibonacci numbers were illustrated through flower petals. I never thought about it like that. Math can be found anywhere. I like at the end it gives a little information about the numbers and there's a glossary. ( )
  ArielDean | Apr 24, 2013 |
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What's the biggest mathematical mystery in nature? Fibonacci numbers! The pattern creeps up in the most unexpected places. It's clear that math holds secrets to nature and that nature holds secret numbers.

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