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Children's LiteratureIn a unique counting book, Joy Hulme and illustrator Carol Schwartz explore Wild Fibonacci: Nature's Secret Code Revealed. Hulme opens with a double-page spread explaining the mathematical pattern or "Fibonacci sequence" whereby "the next number in the sequence comes from adding the two numbers before it (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 ... and so on)." Hulme then points out the prevalance in the natural world of curves based on the sequence: a tiger's claws, a ram's horns, even a seahorse's tail. Short poems provide factual information in an engaging word package as young readers learn about the curved pattern of elephant tusks, parrot beaks and seashells. Acrylic paintings by Carol Schwartz place the creatures in their natural habitats, enabling youngsters to learn more about the larger natural environment. Schwartz's superb artwork manages to be both accurate and lively and exhibits great attention to detail. Kids will have a great time counting the 55 curved beaks that enable the white ibis to "build a nest of sticks, scoop a marshy meal to eat, or feed new baby chicks." 2005, Tricycle Press, Ages 5 up.