Thursday, February 21, 2013

Spotty, Stripy, Swirly: What are Patterns?


Spotty, Stripy, Swirly:  What are Patterns?
by Jane Brockett
Millbrook Press, 2012.  31 pgs. Nonfiction

     Brilliantly colored photographs acquaint young children with mostly manmade patterns in Brockett's terrific little concept book, one in a series of Clever Concepts.  Children are invited to discover the pattern or, sometimes, many multiples of patterns in quilts, brickwork, play food in plastic bins and real food in cardboard boxes. Candies, flowers, lettuce in the garden, buildings and fences are also included with examples of patterns that should appeal to and challenge young minds in this intriguing introduction to mathematical and aesthetic principles.

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