Another nonfiction picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall.
Children are exposed to patterns in math, in reading, in science and history early in their formal educations. It develops good thinking skills and encourages visual intelligence.
Mysterious Patterns: Finding Fractals in Nature written and illustrated by Sarah C. Campbell introduces a not-so-typical search for patterns in nature. Mysterious Patterns: Finding Fractals in Nature was published by Boyds Mill Press in 2014.
The ISBN is 0-18351328-2.
This picture book introduces children to fractals. I must admit that the term is new to me, also.
Fractals are found in man-made structures and in nature. According to the text “Every fractal shape has smaller parts that look like the whole shape.” The basic shape is repeated over and over again in smaller and smaller parts of the whole.
Trees are fractals. A head of broccoli is a fractal.
Mysterious Patterns: Finding Fractals in Nature points out numerous other examples of these patterns and shapes in the world around.
For me personally, the only thing that could have improved Mysterious Patterns: Finding Fractals in Nature would be giving God the credit for the amazing design of fractals.
So, if you read this with your children that will be YOUR job—pointing out that, as Psalm 148 says, our intelligent God designed these amazing patters in nature.
Let them praise the name of the Lord, for at his command they were created,
and he established them for ever and ever—he issued a decree that will never pass away.