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Author: Sarah C. Campbell

Illustrator: Sarah Campbell and Richard Campbell

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Publisher: Boyds Mill Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: In this picture book, the author looks at growing patterns in nature (flowers, pine cones, pineapples, and a nautilus’s inside), and in particular the sequences and the mathematical mystery called Fibonacci numbers. No one knows how or why these sequences are found in nature but they are certainly interesting. Stunning color photos are used to illustrate the book and show how this works. As you will see, the sequence is created by adding the two numbers before… 1,1,2,3,5,8,13…. This is a picture book for exploring nature, math, and abstract ideas.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, independent reading

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 9; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 8 to 12

Age of Child: Read with a 7-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: The child liked the color photos but had trouble grasping the real concept behind the book!

Adult Reader Reaction: Frankly, I had to agree that the concept left me a bit fuzzy headed too.

Pros: The book is nicely designed and for anyone who wanted to introduce a child or class to the idea of Fibonacci numbers, this is the place to start.

Cons: Although it begins simply enough, the text quickly gets into higher and more complicated sequences. For example, the spirals found in pine cones and sunflowers are a bit much to digest!

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. If you or your child love math and math concepts, you may want to buy this book but otherwise just check it out at the library.


Educational Themes: The photography of nature is beautiful and can be viewed just for their artistic value and clarity. Those interested in math and abstract concepts may enjoy the visualization through nature. It is also a good book to use for general discussions on patterns.

Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online reviews can be found at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, nature, math,

Date(s) Reviewed: July 2010

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