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Bees, Snails, & Peacock Tails : Patterns & Shapes... Naturally
by Betsy Franco and Steve Jenkins

Overview - Come explore the hidden shapes and patterns in nature. The peacock's flashy tail is a masterpiece of color and shape. A buzzing beehive is built of tiny hexagons. Even a snake's skin is patterned with diamonds.
Poet Betsy Franco and Caldecott Honor winner Steve Jenkins bring geometry to life in this lively, lyrical look at the shapes and patterns that can be found in the most unexpected places.
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Overview
Come explore the hidden shapes and patterns in nature. The peacock's flashy tail is a masterpiece of color and shape. A buzzing beehive is built of tiny hexagons. Even a snake's skin is patterned with diamonds.
Poet Betsy Franco and Caldecott Honor winner Steve Jenkins bring geometry to life in this lively, lyrical look at the shapes and patterns that can be found in the most unexpected places.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781416903864
  • ISBN-10: 1416903860
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publish Date: August 2008
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 3-7


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Birds
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Concepts - Counting & Numbers

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 183.
  • Review Date: 2008-06-30
  • Reviewer: Staff

The pair behind Birdsongs tackles another science topic—geometry in the animal world. Whether addressing hexagonal beehive cells or a snail's spiral shell, brisk rhymes draw attention to nature's math, as in this description of moth wings' symmetry: “Notice the colors/ and stunning 'eyes,'/ perfectly matched/ on either side.” The layout of text frequently echoes the subject under discussion, e.g., words circle around the sphere of an inflated puffer fish or grow larger and bolder when pointing out, among peacock pairs, “the male's the one with all the flair.” Jenkins's cut-paper collages are every bit as stunning here as in his previous books. Striking color combinations make the illustrations pop. This inviting book is bound to spark more careful observation of the shapes and colors in the reader's natural world. Ages 3-7. (Aug.)

 
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