Sunday, June 30, 2013
Swirl by Swirl
Author: Joyce Sidman
Illustrator: Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature
Location: Knox County Public Library- Lawson McGhee
Awards: featured on "Calling Caldecott" blog, Horn Book Fanfare, ALA Notable, School Library Journal Best Book, Booklist Editor's Choice, Charlotte Zolotow Highly Commended
Summary: This poem celebrates the swirl pattern in nature. Its simple words take back stage to the intricate scratchboard illustrations that entice the reader to stare at all of details. It has large font for the youngest readers, along with smaller text for adult's eyes that labels the animals and plants that are pictured. The drawings make you want to explore the book over and over again. According to Kirkus: "Two pages of notes at the end offer a definition (“Spiral: a shape that curls around a center point”), details that elaborate on the poem and explain some of the individual manifestations of spirals and a brief nod to the Fibonacci sequence."
Classroom Ideas: This book could introduce the geometrical shapes found in nature and many different animal & plant species. Students could choose their own shape to illustrate ("What circles are found in nature?")