Monday, April 2, 2012

Swirl by Swirl - Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman

Good Monday dear friends:
The Queen here with a beautifully illustrated and written book, Swirl by Swirl. Read the book, then open your eyes to the wonders this author points out. They are all around and they are marvelous. Spirals. Spinning, twisting, curling, beauty. Go find them!

Happy Reading,
The Queen.

Book Title: Swirl by Swirl - Spirals in Nature
Author:  Joyce Sidman                                                                                                       
Illustrator: Beth Krommes

Book Information:
Publisher and date: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (October 4, 2011)
Reading level:Ages 4 and up
Book Info:Hardcover: 40 pages

Book Theme:
Swirls found in nature

Book Summary
A Caldecott medalist and a Newbery Honor-winning poet celebrate the beauty and value of spirals.What makes the tiny snail shell so beautiful? Why does that shape occur in nature over and over again—in rushing rivers, in a flower bud, even inside your ear?
With simplicity and grace, Krommes and Sidman not only reveal the many spirals in
nature—from fiddleheads to elephant tusks, from crashing waves to spiraling galaxies—
but also celebrate the beauty and usefulness of this fascinating shape. 

Activity Adventures:

A book about spirals requires that you make a few of your own.
Get out the paints and make spirals with your fingers. No paint? What about shaving cream or pudding?

Practice cutting. Cut out spirals then hand them from your ceiling for decorations. Here's a pattern for a cut little snake.

Writing Prompts:   Write your own poems. Here's some poem starter ideas.

Discussion Questions:
Talk about places you might see spirals.
Go on a spiral hunt. Use the book to help you find some. What others can you find?

Authors Arena

Joyce Sidman is known for her fresh, inventive poetry for children. Her award-winning books include Dark Emperor (A Newbery Honor Book), Song of the Water Boatman and Red Sings from Treetops (both Caldecott Honor Books), Butterfly Eyes (Cybils Award), and This Is Just to Say (Claudia Lewis Poetry Award). A recent starred review in School Library Journal said, "Sidman's ear is keen, capturing many voices. Her skill as a poet accessible to young people is unmatched." Born in Connecticut, Joyce now lives in Minnesota. Visit her at

Illustrator: Beth Krommes
Winner of the Caldecott Medal for "The House in the Night"

In 1982, I became interested in wood engraving, being drawn to its small scale and fine line work. My first illustrations were wood engravings. I soon switched to scratchboard, which has the same look but is faster. My first children's book, Grandmother Winter, was published in 1999. I'm still amazed and humbled that in 2009 my sixth book, The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson, won the Caldecott Medal.


Julie Hedlund said...

Isn't this a beautiful book? We own and love it!

Eric VanRaepenbusch said...

I echo Julie -- This is a great book!

Jackie Castle said...

I loved it. The words and illustrations were simply wonderful. Thanks Julie and Eric for stopping by.