Wings, Waves & Webs: Patterns in Nature

Greystone. Apr. 2023. 36p. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9781771646765.
PreS-Gr 2–Visually arresting full-page, full-color illustrations present patterns in nature. Animals, insects, plants, water, and space all offer examples of beautiful, mysterious, and even whimsical patterns just waiting to be observed. Each pattern type gets its own spread of illustrations shown with a title, a stunning graphic, and a helpful description. The author opens with common or familiar patterns—spots, stripes, spirals—before moving on to more complex ones such as mirror images, radial symmetry, and honeycombs. The final patterns are the most intricate: branching, meandering, collective motion. The illustrations will captivate and engage young minds to think about the world around them and then go look at it more closely. The final page and the end papers encourage this very activity, offering young readers a chance to discover patterns before heading outside to find even more.
VERDICT A perfect early introduction to math concepts and nature, told with bold, inviting illustrations. An excellent addition to early education STEAM collections.

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