Swirl by Swirl

Swirl by Swirl

Spirals in Nature

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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.

ISBN: 9780547315836
Branch Call Number: PIC Sid
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : $b col. ill. ; $c 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Krommes, Beth

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chernyakfamily
Oct 28, 2016

Pictures were fun to look at for a 3 year old. We read the poems and skipped the long drawn out facts (for this age). Couldn't keep his attention for very long.

As an artist myself (and a children's librarian!) I'm always eyeing beautiful children's book illustrations. I love Beth Krommes' brilliant scratch-board compositions in this stellar picture book. Krommes won the Caldecott Medal for The House in the Night. For me, this book feels like a stroll through the Garden of Eden.

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PettitHomeschool
Aug 07, 2015

This is a fantastic book for children, one that will introduce them to the mathematical shapes they can see in nature. It's sure to inspire them. It presents one of the fundamental forms (a spiral) that children can observe in nature. What a great building block for future mathematical concepts! Plus the illustrations and information is wonderful.

KRockstar10 Feb 06, 2014

Beautiful illustrations and easy-to-understand text make this picture book shine. Great for a classroom setting!

JCLChristiH Jul 05, 2013

Beautiful painted scratch board illustrations explore all the spirals found in nature.

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jazmjoh
Apr 18, 2013

I recommend this book for beginner readers. The text is simple and easy. One line sentences per page which helps the reader to focus on the text. The illustrations are colorful and interesting. They introduce images that many may not have encountered. The text and illustrations coincide with each other so well. This book focuses on nature around us. This book would be a great way to introduce natural science to the lower level kids. After reading this book, I now analyze shapes and swirls around me. The reader is able to explore more in depth the component of swirls in nature.

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asrushing2014
Apr 07, 2013

"Swirl by Swirl" is a good for those readers with an artistic view on nature. i enjoyed reading and seeing the different forms of the swirls.

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elloyd74
Apr 05, 2013

"A spiral is a growing shape. It starts small and gets bigger, swirl by swirl. It unwraps itself, one curl at a time." A perfect text and amazing woodcut (I think) illustrations invite us to consider a shape that recurs over and over in the natural world.

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CourtneyHendon
Apr 01, 2013

"Swirl by Swirl" is an amazing example of spirals in nature. The book has beautiful illustrations and they are eye catching as well. I love how in depth the author went in explaining the spirals and what is considered a spiral in nature. The illustrations showed clearly where the spiral is in the picture and why it is a spiral. I think every parent should read this to their child because it is not only engaging to anyone but it is also very educational and I think children everywhere would love to read this book. I recommend this book to parents, teachers, and children everywhere.

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BSKing
Mar 05, 2013

I believe that “Swirl by Swirl” is a magnificent book and teacher and parents alike should read this book to their children. This book uses small but descriptive and unusual words, for kids, to explain how nature has different spirals and the many ways they use them. Not only are the words inviting but the illustrations are just as alluring. The illustrations are amazing and could tell this story on their own. Such detail and color captures your inner child. “Swirl by Swirl” is not only appealing to the eye but to the mind, it is educational. I say this book needs to be on every shelf in every room because this book alone could have a student read for fun.

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jazmjoh
Apr 18, 2013

jazmjoh thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 5

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asrushing2014
Apr 07, 2013

asrushing2014 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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CourtneyHendon
Apr 01, 2013

CourtneyHendon thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 8

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BSKing
Mar 05, 2013

BSKing thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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jazmjoh
Apr 18, 2013

Swirl by Swirl is about shapes that fit in tiny spaces and the swirls that the shape consist of. Animals and weather's swirls are described in this book.Swirls can range from small objects to larger objects such as a harvest mouse, snakes, galaxies and oceans. This book explores swirls and spirals in depth and doesn't leave any unnoticed.

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asrushing2014
Apr 07, 2013

Swirl by Swirl is a great book for artistic readers and for those that love nature. This book is a ground breaking book when it comes to teaching children about the different forms a swirl can appear in. The story line engages the children by the great graphic of the pictures and allows the students to get a peak at nature.

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CourtneyHendon
Apr 01, 2013

Swirl by Swirl teaches children about the many animals and particularly swirls and spirals found within nature and those animals shown in the book. In the book, it shows how snakes and other animals survive in the natural world. The illustrations show how snakes spiral in the ground to keep warm, and how the ocean makes spirals when waves are made. I think this book is very interesting and engaging.

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BSKing
Mar 05, 2013

“Swirl by Swirl” is about the different spirals in nature. It tells about the way spirals naturally defend, take refuge, or live and survive in their natural habitat.

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jazmjoh
Apr 18, 2013

"A spiral is a growing shape. It starts small and gets bigger, swirl by swirl".

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asrushing2014
Apr 07, 2013

"It is bold..."

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CourtneyHendon
Apr 01, 2013

"A spiral is a snuggling shape. Coiled tight, warm and safe, it waits, for a chance to expand!"

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BSKing
Mar 05, 2013

"A spiral is a snuggling shape. It fits neatly in small places."

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