Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Beth Krommes, is beautifully illustrated and it is visually stunning. Kids will love the vibrant colors and the surprising shapes in every corner of each page.
Like the author, a self-described observer, kids will start noticing swirls all over the book. The text can swirl, just like the shell of a snail, or it can be uncurled into a straight line. Younger readers will learn that some little animals will curl into swirls to stay warm or to hide from predators. Flowers will uncoil toward the sun. Swirls, like those of the ram’s horn, can be strong, or they can be used to grab things like the tentacles of an octopus.
Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Beth Krommes, would be a good educational tool for a classroom, but the book really didn’t hold my daugher’s attention with a story. It’s more of a book that explains the different uses or needs of swirls. The illustrations are visually arresting, which can be worth the cost of the book alone, perhaps some of the pages could be turned into posters for a room.
About the Author:
Joyce Sidman lives in Wayzata, Minnesota, with her husband and dog, Watson. They have two sons, but they’ve grown up, so she set her mind to creating books.