Growing Patterns: Fibonaccie Numbers In Nature


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….

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

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.

Content Awareness Factors:

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!

Little Kid 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.

Type of Book:
This is a picture book for exploring nature, math, and abstract ideas.
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.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
5 to 9
Age of child:
Read with a 7-year-old child.
Purchase Recommendation:
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.

Title Growing Patterns: Fibonaccie Numbers in Nature
Author Sarah C. Campbell
Publisher Boyds Mills Press © 2010
Illustrators Sarah Campbell, Richard Campbell
ISBN 1590787528
Material Hard Cover
Genres Math, Nature
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