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Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Natureby Joyce Sidman
Synopses & Reviews
Come feel the cool and shadowed breeze,
come smell your way among the trees,
come touch rough bark and leathered leaves:
Welcome to the night.
Welcome to the night, where mice stir and furry moths flutter. Where snails spiral into shells as orb spiders circle in silk. Where the roots of oak trees recover and repair from their time in the light. Where the porcupette eats delicacies—raspberry leaves!—and coos and sings.
Come out to the cool, night wood, and buzz and hoot and howl—but do beware of the great horned owl—for its wild and its windy way out in the woods!
"This is one of those rare children's books that make you look at the physical world differently. 'A spiral is a clever shape. It is graceful and strong,' writes Newbery Honor artist Sidman (Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night), as she and Caldecott Medalist Krommes (The House in the Night) explore spirals found in nature. A spiral, Sidman decides, is nature's elegant solution in many respects: 'It fits neatly in small places' (hence the sleeping position of burrow-dwelling animals), it offers protection and strength (the defensive curl of the porcupine), and it provides firm grasps (monkey's tail, elephant's trunk). But beyond these utilitarian advantages, spirals are beautiful — whether we see in them hints of infinity, the promise of unfolding potential, or the embodiment of mathematical perfection. This feast for thought is a visual banquet, as well: working in her signature scratchboard style and employing a gorgeous burnished palette, Krommes creates spiral-packed nature scenes that have a timeless, classic beauty. Whether she's portraying a tiny curled eastern chipmunk or a classic funnel tornado, it's clear that nature isn't the only master at work. Ages 4 — 8." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
In this companion to the classic concept book Mouse Paint, three mice learn about shapes, creativity, and cooperation.
Grandmother Winter lives all alone with her snow-white flock of geese. All through the spring, summer, and fall, Grandmother Winter tends her geese and gathers their feathers. Why? To bring snowfall as soft as feathers and bright as a winter moon. To the woodland and all of its creatures, the arrival of winter is a gift.
A little mouse humorously introduces readers to ten two-dimensional shapes, starting with the simplest. He bends a stick into a circle, oval, rectangle, trapezoid, and so on, showing how each shape can be stretched, pulled, or pushed into another.
About the Author
ELLEN STOLL WALSH is the author-illustrator of many acclaimed books for young children, including Mouse Paint, Mouse Count, and Hamsters to the Rescue. She lives near Rochester, New York.
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