What are people saying about Exploring Nature's Pattern Magic?
"From time to time we like to throw the spotlight on something for the kids.
And this book came our way which -- although visually very busy -- looks like it would hold great appeal for those between about eight and 12 (or more correctly their parents or people who would buy it for them).
With an introduction by bugman Ruud Kleipaste, it explores pattersn in Nature such as branching, cracking, nets, spheres, ovals and so on, with explanations of why those things happen. And of course with visual examples.
So the smart young ones will learn that an oval shape, for example, helps distribute the stress of gravity and gives strength to the structure (seashells, tomatoes, eggs) and what tesselations are (fish scales, a peacock's tail feathers).
Towards the end there is a page on camouflage and another on how people use Nature's patterns in art and construction.
And usefully there are pages of some practical exercises and ideas to get the kids out in the garden, looking down a telescope or simply observing the world around them more closely.
This is all good stuff. And very colourful!"
Review by Graham Reid - Elsewhere.co.nz
Posted: 16th Aug, 2015
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Exploring nature’s pattern magic
by Dee Pigneguy with photography by Mike Pigneguy : perfect non-fiction book for primary schools
"It is not often I have the pleasure of reviewing non-fiction books for children so I am delighted to share my thoughts on this new one coming out this month.
It is a total exploration of all the wonderful patterns we see in nature. Often when we see an insect, animal, plant or indeed any natural thing, we may immediately see the beauty in them but we may not always see the patterns.
We don’t necessarily understand the purpose of those patterns either but this book delves in to the reasons and explains it all in very easy terms.
The book is a stunning montage of bright natural colours with photos from tiny swan plant seed bugs to helix spirals on snails. Nature is brimming with shapes and patterns that all have purpose. Camouflage has always been one aspect that amazes me. For example, the stripy patterns on tigers help them blend into the long grasses.
Each page focuses on a particular pattern from spirals, symmetry, and spheres to crystals, fractals and so many more. Information is in bite-size bits to easily digest and tempt readers into looking closely at the patterns. The whole layout is just perfect to dip in to over and over again.
There are four pages dedicated to activities that readers can do to learn more about patterns in nature and this is followed by a very good index page.
This is a wonderful book, perfectly packaged and ideal for any home or school library."
Review by Desna - School Librarian (Christchurch, NZ)
Posted: August 5, 2015
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