Monday, September 26, 2011

Non-Fiction Monday: Swirl by Swirl

Swirl by Swirl is not only a great resource for teaching about different kinds of spirals found in nature, it is SO gorgeous and visually stimulating. I suppose that's what happens when you take Joyce Sidman, winner of the Caldecott Honor for two books and pair her up with Beth Krommes, Caldecott Medalist for a book as well.

Told in beautiful verse, the reader can go through each page reading and imagining all types of different spirals that are out in the world, while also seeing all sorts of different animals, insects, and plants all of which are identified with small text.

My favorite page is easily the spread featuring a tornado and thunderstorm. Just so pretty and a nice lesson, as most of us wouldn't even think to place a tornado in line with other spirals and swirls.

The last page spread expands on the non-fiction portion of the book, explaining the purpose of certain spirals, their use in nature, and even goes into the concept of the Fibonacci spiral, though just a little. Enough to get kids interested!

This is going down as one of my favorite NF books of the year. Great for reading aloud, as the text flows perfectly and the illustrations will definitely grab the attention of young listeners. I highly recommend ordering it for your library or bookstore.

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Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature
Joyce Sidman
40 pages
Houghton Mifflin
October 2011
Review copy provided by publisher


Jeanne Walker Harvey said...

This sounds like a lovely book. Thanks for reviewing it, and for participating in Nonfiction Monday

Abby said...

Ooh, awesome! I just ordered this one!!

Lydia said...

I will have to find that book. That is one I have not heard of yet. Thanks for sharing