Swirl by Swirl: Spirals In Nature shows children how spirals are plentiful and common in nature and in places that you never would consider. Everyone knows that a snail’s shell is spiral, but did you know that there are spirals in your ear and in rushing rivers?
Joyce Sidman, a Caldecott medalist and Newberry Honor-winning poet, delves into the wonders of nature by showing children how spirals make up much of the natural landscape. It’s not just in animals that we see spirals, but in weather, space and the rocks in the river. Children will be amazed when they realize such a unique shape is an integral part of nature.
Children see squares, circles and rectangles every day from the shape of houses to the signs along the road, but in an industrial society spirals are not a common occurrence. Modern society prefers their shapes to be clean and straight with crisp lines. Mother Nature is not so technical. She understands that in order for a world to have uniqueness, then you need diversity of shape.
My children are big fans of this book and have asked me to read it to them over and over again. It’s nice to see their eyes light up when I read about elephants tusks and spiraling galaxies.