Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature

Another nonfiction picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall.

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature is a handsome nonfiction picture book written by Caldecott Medal Winner Joyce Sidman. It is illustrated by Beth Krommes and was published in 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children.

ISBN is 9-780547-315836.


The sparse text gives only the most basic information about what spirals are, and the part they play in nature. Just enough information to make preschoolers curious. It covers spirals in plants and garden insects and creatures; larger farm animals; creatures of the sea; jungle animals; the ocean itself; flowers; winds, clouds and storms; the stars; and circles back to the familiar back yard.

Sidman also includes back matter for teachers and parents to discuss with children.

The art work is bold and striking. The earth tones Krommes uses are deep and rich. They illustrations hold many spirals that stand out making it easy for young eyes to spot them.

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature is a stunning addition to your nonfiction library for young children.

Again, my only complaint about Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature is that it offers no mention of God as the great Designer.

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