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Book Review/Giveaway: Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature. Ends July 19th



Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman and illustrated by Beth Krommes

About the book: 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? Spiral – bold, beautiful, and mysterious – are all around us. Can you find one?

My Review: This is a beautiful illustrated book that tells what makes things like snail shells, bull snake, eastern chipmunk, millipede, hibiscus, sunflower, funnel tornado, and many more spirals.  Mathematic explains that a spiral is a curve in the plane or in the space, which runs around a centre in a special way.

This spirals in nature shows how the bull snakes, woodchuck, harvest mouse and more like to coil tight in small places to keep warm and safe. In some animals and plants spiral shape start small and gets bigger and swirl, like the swimming nautilus, lady fern.  Some use their spiral to defend themselves like the Merino sheep while the spider monkeys use theirs to hold on tight.

Highly recommend this beautiful book for classroom teaching.

Pages: 40

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

Giveaway (US ONLY)

There will be ONLY 1 Winner

Ends July 19th, 2012

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Winner is #2 – Carol L


June 22, 2012 - Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , ,


  1. How did you know that my daughter LOVES snails? She will search where ever she goes to find some. “Oh cute, Look Mommy at this snail.” She would love to read more about them and hopefully share the book with her younger brother.

    your1chef at aol dot com

    Comment by your1chef | June 22, 2012 | Reply

  2. The illustrations look beautiful Who knew there was really so much to a simple swirl. Great reading and looking at ics for the kids. My grandson loves these little creatures so I know he’d love this book.
    Carol L.

    Comment by Carol L. | June 22, 2012 | Reply

  3. I love to utilize books like this to get my kiddos thinking in our homeschool. Nature is always a great way to bring up other learning topics like math and science. This one sure looks interesting.

    ajdunville (at) yahoo (dot) com

    Comment by Amanda | June 22, 2012 | Reply

  4. Pictures look beautiful. I know my son wold love it!

    Comment by shauna | June 22, 2012 | Reply

  5. The cover is amazing! I think this sounds so interesting. My little girls would love learning about why many animals curl up!

    Comment by Larissa brunken | June 22, 2012 | Reply

  6. This book sounds interesting and amazing. My daughter would love it.

    Comment by Rose C. | June 24, 2012 | Reply

  7. I didn’t realize the abundance of spirals in nature. It would be interesting to read the book then go on a ‘scavenger hunt’ to see what spirals we can find.
    The cover illustration is stunning.

    Comment by tmy56 | June 24, 2012 | Reply

  8. What a great concept for a book! I love this. My youngest son would love it.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

    Comment by Melissa Bourn (@MelCamino5) | June 24, 2012 | Reply

  9. I would love this for me and my boys!!thank you,,

    Comment by melissa k sparks | June 25, 2012 | Reply

  10. I think that it is wonderful that the author sees the intricate patterns in nature. The illustrations look wonderful. Love how the author also does books with poetry. Love her concept of the poetry book about animals surviving in winter too.

    Comment by Maryann | July 2, 2012 | Reply

  11. It’s interesting to see patterns in nature. I look forward to learning more about spirals and where they appear.

    Comment by likwan | July 19, 2012 | Reply

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