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Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature

by Joyce Sidman

Other authors: Beth Krommes (Illustrator)

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Celebrates the shape of a spiral in nature, from rushing rivers to flower buds and even the shape of an ear.

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I love how Sidman goes beyond simply pointing out instances of spiral formations in nature and demonstrates the different qualities they have and functions they serve. Krommes' illustrations are both graphic and dynamic, encapsulating the synchronous strength and beauty of spirals. C adores this book and has spent the last two weeks pointing out spirals wherever she seems them.
  KristenRoper | Sep 1, 2021 |
This book makes the Fibonacci sequence come to life as it shows its application in nature and all around us. This would be great in a math class when talking about patterns and/or symmetry. It could also be used in a Language Arts class in a poetry unit as the book is written in poems.
  vmerkel | Nov 19, 2020 |
A Caldecott medalist and a Newbery Honor-winning poet celebrate the beauty and value of spirals.What makes the tiny snail shell so beautiful? Why does that shape occur in nature over and over again—in rushing rivers, in a flower bud, even inside your ear? With simplicity and grace, Joyce Sidman's poetry paired with Beth Krommes's scratchboard illustrations not only reveal the many spirals in nature—from fiddleheads to elephant tusks, from crashing waves to spiraling galaxies—but also celebrate the beauty and usefulness of this fascinating shape.
  wichitafriendsschool | Feb 12, 2020 |
This beautifully illustrated book describes different swirls seen in nature and how strong and powerful they are. This would be a great book to use in a math class. ( )
  JenniferSprinkle | Aug 8, 2019 |
I was overwhelmed with the amount of tiny little details that just elevate the book to an ever higher playing field. The use of text to form the shape of a snail shell --- brilliant. The author is cleaver to introduce the many different types of swirls - gets student thinking like scientists. ( )
  NDeBlieux | May 3, 2019 |
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