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….
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.
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!
The child liked the color photos but had trouble grasping the real concept behind the book!
Frankly, I had to agree that the concept left me a bit fuzzy headed too.
This is a picture book for exploring nature, math, and abstract ideas.
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.
9 to 12
5 to 9
Read with a 7-year-old child.
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.