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.
About the Author
Newbery-Honor winning poet Joyce Sidman is the author of Song of the Water Boatman and Red Sings from Treetops, both Caldecott Honor Books, as well as other fine books of poetry. For her remarkable poetry, she has won, several times, both the Lee Bennet Hopkins Award and Bank Street's Claudia Lewis Award. About writing this book she says "For me, writing is a matter of finding what things amaze and intrigue me and what things give me joy." She lives in Wayzata, Minnesota.
Beth Krommes is the Caldecott Winner of The House in the Night and other beautifully illustrated, much-acclaimed picture books. She lives in Peterborough, NH. www.bethkrommes.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is wonderfully illustrated. My daughter can't help but be totally engaged in finding every swirl in nature. She now points out swirls/spirals every time she sees one.
My Review: This is a beautiful illustrated book that tells what makes things like snail shells, bull snake, eastern chipmunk, millipede, hibiscus, sunflower, funnel tornado, and many more spirals. Mathematic explains that a spiral is a curve in the plane or in the space, which runs around a centre in a special way. This spirals in nature shows how the bull snakes, woodchuck, harvest mouse and more like to coil tight in small places to keep warm and safe. In some animals and plants spiral shape start small and gets bigger and swirl, like the swimming nautilus, lady fern. Some use their spiral to defend themselves like the Merino sheep while the spider monkeys use theirs to hold on tight. Highly recommend this beautiful book for classroom teaching. 5 Stars FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.