April 6, 2012
Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Beth Krommes
From snails to fern and snakes to gopher, swirls are everywhere in nature. Animals coil up tight to conserve body heat in cold weather. A nautilus adds onto its curving shell one compartment at a time. Plants send out new tendrils in graceful curves.
As always, Sidman’s text is simple and straightforward without being ho hum boring. The poetry in this book makes it an excellent read aloud and one that youngsters will want to hear again and again.
Adding to this desire for repeated readings are Krommes’ illustrations. Krommes works in scratchboard that she then copies before coloring in the copies. This results in illustrations with the bold black lines of wood engravings but also bright expanses of color. Krommes has worked in so much detail that readers are sure to find something new every time they view an illustration.
Pick this book up for your young nature lover. Pull it out again for a child who loves poetry. And don’t forget to get it out one more time just to share it with a youngster who loves books.