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Echoes for the Eye: Poems to Celebrate Patterns in Nature
     

Echoes for the Eye: Poems to Celebrate Patterns in Nature

by Barbara Juster Esbensen, Helen K. Davie (Illustrator)
 
Readers find connections between hurricanes and galaxies, glaciers and rivers, snowflakes and honeycombs, the veins in a leaf and those in the body, and the branches of a tree and jags of lightning. This book sings the harmony among math, science, language and art that is at the heart of whole-language curricula. Full color.

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Readers find connections between hurricanes and galaxies, glaciers and rivers, snowflakes and honeycombs, the veins in a leaf and those in the body, and the branches of a tree and jags of lightning. This book sings the harmony among math, science, language and art that is at the heart of whole-language curricula. Full color.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
This is a rich collection of original poems that show us how to look at the world-to see the spirals, the branches, polygons, meanders and circles. Branches are "...secret fingers/ that feel their way/ through the unmapped country/ underground." The artist and poet have worked as one to create a book that leaves a lasting impression.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-6Esbensen's poems draw attention to shapes and patterns, encouraging youngsters to observe the spirals, branches, polygons, meanders, and circles that appear all around them. For example, one selection describes the concentric circles left in the water by a fish as it jumps, and another the rings of a tree trunk. Attractive watercolor illustrations effectively reflect the concepts discussed. Younger children may need explanations for some of the abstract references to chemistry and geometry, such as how "Polygons" relate to honeycombs. Similarly, older readers may be put off by the picture-book format. Nonetheless, this is an imaginative addition that should please teachers looking for poetry to accent units on science or nature.Melissa Hudak, North Suburban District Library, Roscoe, IL
Carolyn Phelan
nger for reading aloud. Using poetry and paintings, this unusual book explores the repetition of shapes in the natural world. A note from the author and illustrator explains the mathematical formulation known as in the Fibonacci series that can be observed in nature, such as in the spiral rows of sunflower seeds. This leads into a poem and painting of sunflowers, grouped with pages featuring other spirals such as ferns, hurricanes, tornadoes, nautilus shells, and galaxies. Branches are also explored in verse and illustrations, and include tree branches and roots, leaf veins, blood veins, and lightning. The other three categories of shapes considered are polygons, meanders, and circles. Esbensen's verse speaks quietly and succinctly and is illustrated by sensitive watercolor artwork. A most original introduction to geometry in nature.
Kirkus Reviews
This charming book, bearing the subtitle "Poems to Celebrate Patterns in Nature," introduces many geometric patterns from the natural world and establishes an agreeable link between aesthetic enjoyment and natural history.

Any pedagogical intent quickly succumbs to the tone of wonder and delight at patterns found throughout the universe in phenomena immense and small. In "Branches," Esbensen (Dance With Me, 1995, etc.) juxtaposes the branches and roots of a tree with the veins of a leaf, then with the lightning in the sky and the veins in a hand. The final poem, "Circles," begins with the ripples in a pool after a fish jumps and the rings in a tree trunk, then moves to a circle of musk oxen defending their group, a dappled fawn, the planets, hibernating bears (curled in sleep), and, finally, a bedtime scene of parent and child, an arm curved around a book, the moon shining, and a cat rolled up cozily at the foot of the bed. Soft watercolors accompany the free verse; the layout reflects a use of patterns as well. A welcome collaboration.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060243982
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/1996
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.28(w) x 10.31(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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