Monday, January 3, 2022

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

[Originally published in February, 2010]

Quick! Name me a book that:

is nonfiction
is a great read-aloud for preschool and early elementary
is all about science
has amazing photographs
and could also work as an early 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.

Although I like playing with data, statistics, and budget numbers now and I liked algebra and chemistry in high school and college, I somehow 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. There's not too much text, it's simple enough for an early reader; but each word is obviously perfectly chosen to explain a mathematical concept for any reader.

This is still my preferred go-to book on Fibonacci numbers and could easily be expanded into STEM and outdoor programming. Teaching resources from Sarah Campbell.

Verdict: A must-have for libraries that serve elementary students and want to increase their STEAM offerings.

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

Revisited: In the ensuing years, our copy was weeded but I am planning to replace it this year. It is still available in hardcover and a new paperback edition is supposed to be released in July 2022.


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.

BookChook 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!