Monday, February 8, 2010

Nonfiction Monday: Growing Patterns: Fibonacci Numbers in Nature by Sarah Campbell, photographs by Sarah and Richard Campbell

Quick! Name me a book that:

is nonfiction
is a great read-aloud for preschool through 2nd grade
is all about science
has amazing photographs
and is also an easy reader.

Stumped? Well, until now there was really only one book I've found that fit the description: Sarah & Richard Campbell's Wolfsnail. Imagine my delight when I opened my mail a few weeks ago and discovered that this team has done it again. This time, they've created a book that explains Fibonacci numbers in nature.

I am not a math person (well, except algebra and chemistry, but that was just b/c I like formulas). Somehow, I totally missed the Fibonacci numbers when I was studying math and never quite figured out what they were. Now I know.

This book uses exquisite photographs and perfectly chosen text to explain the concept of patterns in nature, specifically Fibonacci numbers, in such a way that even a kindergartener can understand. Hey, I bet I could read this to PRESCHOOLERS and they would get it!

There's not too much text, it's simple enough for an easy reader; but each word is obviously perfectly chosen to explain a mathematical concept for any reader.

Verdict: This is going on my order list, into my summer reading promotions bag, and onto the list of school visit books I keep. Librarians and teachers, check this one out ASAP!

ISBN: 978-1590787526; Published March 2010 by Boyds Mills; Galley provided by publisher; Purchased for the library


Z-Kids said...

Woo - I will be looking for this when March rolls around... Thanks for highlighting!

Playing by the book said...

This sounds like exactly the book I was looking for last year when my girls where playing with our sunflowers - they adored counting and playing with all the seeds, and of course observing the patterns.

The Book Chook said...

You're right. I can think of great nonfiction pbs, but not ones that do double duty as an easy reader. I love the sound of this!