Friday, June 29, 2012

Poetry Friday

Poetry Friday is hosted today by Paper Tigers Blog.
My selection is "Swirl by swirl: spirals in nature" written by Joyce Sidman and illustrated by Beth Krommes.



"A spiral is a snuggling shape."  Thus begins Sidman's  unique pairing of science and free-verse poetry in this festival of spirals from the delicate whorls of a fern to the classic beauty of a chambered nautilus, from a spider's web to a galaxy and an abundance of examples in between.  Sidman collects, describes and explains their properties and purposes without ever lecturing the reader.  Rather she invites her audience to explore, imagine, and  celebrate one of nature's most abundant and powerful shapes.

Krommes' fills each page with elegant line, subtle color and an abundance of detail for readers to study and enjoy.

3 comments:

Betsy said...

Oh I just love this book! I shared it with a snail loving student this year and it was a hit. Great find.

Julie Larios said...

LOVE this book, both poems and illustrations!

Mary Lee said...

I heard Joyce Sidman speak at NCTE last November. She's amazing.

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