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Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature

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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, Krommes and Sidman 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.

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, Krommes and Sidman 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.

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Publish date: Oct 4, 2011
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Publishers Weekly reviewed this
This is one of those rare children's books that make you look at the physical world differently. "A spiral is a clever shape. It is graceful and strong," writes Newbery Honor artist Sidman (Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night), as she and Caldecott Medalist Krommes (The House in the Night) explore spirals found in nature. A spiral, Sidman decides, is nature's elegant solution in many respects: "It fits neatly in small places" (hence the sleeping position of burrow-dwelling animals), it offers protection and strength (the defensive curl of the porcupine), and it provides firm grasps (monkey's tail, elephant's trunk). But beyond these utilitarian advantages, spirals are beautiful-whether we see in them hints of infinity, the promise of unfolding potential, or the embodiment of mathematical perfection. This feast for thought is a visual banquet, as well: working in her signature scratchboard style and employing a gorgeous burnished palette, Krommes creates spiral-packed nature scenes that have a timeless, classic beauty. Whether she's portraying a tiny curled eastern chipmunk or a classic funnel tornado, it's clear that nature isn't the only master at work. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

2011-09-19, Publishers Weekly
abigailadams26 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Author Joyce Sidman and illustrator Beth Krommes explore the spiral shape in this poetic work of picture-book natural history, producing a work that will inform younger children, while also keeping them entertained. From animals snuggling in their winter burrows to spiders weaving graceful webs, from nautiluses building their shells outward to hedgehogs curling themselves inward, spirals abound in nature. Sometimes a temporary reaction to circumstance - the cold, a perceived threat - sometimes a cyclical motion - the pounding of the waves, the swirling of a whirlpool - and sometimes permanent - the final stage of a ram's horn - the spiral is always beautiful, something that is highlighted in Swirl By Swirl: Spirals in Nature.With a simple text - one sentence or phrase per page - and gorgeous scratchboard art, this is a wonderful work of natural history for the preschool set, introducing young children to a pattern that they will see over and over again in the world around them. The animals, plants and forces (tidal whirlpools, tornadoes) shown in the illustrations are labelled, making the artwork as informative as the poetic text, while an afterword gives significantly more detail about each kind of spiral depicted. Having greatly enjoyed some of Joyce Sidman's other picture-books, from Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors to Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature's Survivors, as well as Beth Krommes' Caldecott Medal-winning The House in the Night, I was interested to see what these two talented women would produce, when working together. I was not disappointed! Educational and engaging, as well as beautiful, this is a book I would recommend to young nature lovers, as well as to fans of Krommes style of art.
satyridae reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Absolutely splendid. Excellent presentation, wonderful graphics. I fell head-over-heels in love with this book. The text is clear without the slightest hint of condescension, and the examples given are stellar indeed. The afterword brings up Fibonacci. One for the permanent collection, no question.
mawls reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Beautiful illustrations and very informative.
kyliebrigham reviewed this
Rated 5/5
It isn't very often that informational text includes both scientifically accurate facts AND makes reading interesting, engaging, and relevant for students, but this book does. This books shows examples of how spiral shapes occur naturally in nature with beautifully illustrated pictures, as well as with controlled, easy to understand language. Visiting the macro (space, clouds, and waves) to the micro (spider's webs, and nautilus shells, this text introduces students to the beauty of nature and is perfect for young scientists in a science classroom who are curious about the world around them.
denalanders reviewed this
The book talked about all the shapes and forms a swirl can make. Such as snakes and other animals wrapped up into a swirl, flowers, and even a tornado. It really teaches children to think about all same shapes they may see throughout the daybut as different objects. I thought the illustrations in this books were beautiful because they were very big, bold, and different. They were not the typical flower or animal. It also had less color making the bold black shapes stand out.
janetb2_1 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Beautifully written and illustrated book about swirls in nature.

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