Spotty, Stripy, Swirly: What Are Patterns?


Dotty, stripy, straight and swirly—patterns are all around us. How many different patterns can you find pictured in this book?

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Dotty, stripy, straight and swirly—patterns are all around us. How many different patterns can you find pictured in this book?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leigh Geiger
Brocket begins with a very simple explanation of the concept of patterns and then takes her readers on a mesmerizing journey with vivid close-ups of everyday objects. Readers will begin to see the world differently as they peruse these brightly-colored photographs that find patterns in a world familiar to even the youngest readers. From the simplest polka dots to complex mosaics found in toys, flowers, foods, candies, socks, chairs, buildings and everywhere, Brocket compares and contrasts a wide variety of pattern types. The simple text will help the youngest children to describe each pattern, but older children will most likely enjoy finding their own, more complex explanations. Brocket encourages this by challenging them to find more patterns and reminding them that these objects could be arranged differently to make new patterns. This is an excellent text for school or home-school use; because Brocket uses familiar objects, children will immediately grasp how this concept relates to their world and will no doubt be spurred on to find patterns all around them. This book could easily be used as an introduction to a math or art lesson as well. Reviewer: Leigh Geiger, Ph.D.
Kirkus Reviews
Patterning and ways of sorting are the focus of the third in Brocket's four-part series, and, as with her color and texture entries, her brightly colored close-up photos truly make the book. Beginning with a definition, Brocket treats readers to a visual feast of patterns. Her up-close photos show a wide array of objects with their own distinctive patterns, from fabrics and architectural elements to food and plants. Simple arrangements of objects share a page with complex ones, and the familiar are mixed in with the new: a quilt, a candy-decorated cake, a garden full of lettuce, a dahlia, the shadow of a fence, a building's windows, polka-dot socks. But Brocket does not stop there--she delves into the reasons for patterns. They help us identify plants, stay organized, decorate and plan, but, most of all, they are pleasing to the eye. While this entry lacks the great adjectives that made the first two in the series such standouts, the text does give children some words to help describe what they see--swirls, stripes, dots, zigzag. Brocket peppers the text with challenges that require children to identify the patterns, to look for more around them and to create their own, even pointing out how the same collection of rocks can be sorted in different ways to create different patterns. Another solid entry sure to attract the attention of art and math teachers alike. (Informational picture book. 4-8)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—As she did in Ruby, Violet and Lime: Looking for Color and Spiky, Slimy, Smooth: What Is Texture? (both Millbrook, 2011), Brocket has taken a concept and given it the full treatment. Using crisp, bright photographs reminiscent of the work of Tana Hoban and clearly written text in playful fonts, she examines patterns from almost every conceivable angle. There are patterns determined sometimes by shape, sometimes by color, sometimes by object. They run the gamut from simple to quite complex. There are man-made patterns such as brickwork or quilts, and patterns that occur in nature, such as geranium leaves. The author explains their various purposes and encourages children to "look up and down and all around" to try and find them. This book is a visual treat that could be used by teachers looking for ways to introduce the topic, and it will attract browsers as well. A first purchase.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761346135
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/2012
  • Series: Jane Brocket's Clever Concepts Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 806,918
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Brocket is the author of The Gentle Art of Domesticity (2007) and The Gentle Art of Quiltmaking (2010) and of two books based on the wonderful things characters eat and do in classic children's books: Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer (2008) and Ripping Things to Do (2009)—a selection of the pieces in these two books has been collected into one volume for the US as Turkish Delight and Treasure Hunts (Perigee, 2010). She is currently writing a series of four Clever Concepts books for Millbrook Press. She has a knitting book to be published in 2011 and two more craft books in the pipeline.

Jane enjoys knitting, quilting, sewing, baking, growing flowers, and taking photographs of the things she makes as well as details of the world around her. She loves color, pattern, texture, shapes, and objects. And, above all, she love books and reading.

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  • Posted April 18, 2012

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    Dotty, stripy, straight, and swirly—patterns are all arou

    Dotty, stripy, straight, and swirly—patterns are all around us. How many different patterns can you find pictured in this book?

    Wow! For younger children this is a challenge right out of Where’s Waldo? I am still counting as I write this. Wow! Flowers, furniture, toys, sidewalks, anything you might see have patterns. There are numerous patterns in Spotty, Stripy, Swirly: What are Patterns? Stripes, swirls, dots, circles, lines--the options are endless. But what is a pattern? This is the subject of this fascinatingly colorful book for kids.

    I like Spotty, Stripy, Swirly. The story is the pattern. What is it? Where is it? Why is it? The author explains all of those W’s. After reading this book, I will see patterns in places I had never noticed before. The author explains what constitutes a pattern and what does not. I found this little book interesting. Young children will love it for the colors and the patterns. For days, maybe forever, they will tell you about patterns they see.

    This is the next step for pre-K children who have mastered basic shapes. They will need to understand shapes to understand Spotty, Stripy, Swirly. The colors and patterns will hold children’s interest for hours. Once they know their 1,2,3’s, kids can start the author’s challenging question: How many different patterns can you find pictured in this book?
    To comment, and I hope you do, scroll to the top if this review, look left, click on “comment.”

    Note: received book from netgalley, courtesy of the publisher, Millbrook Press.

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