Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature

By Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Beth Krommes (Houghton Mifflin, 2011)

“A spiral is a snuggling shape,” writes Newbery Honor author Joyce Sidman in Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature. With scratchboard illustrations in deep earth tones, Caldecott winner Beth Krommes shows spiraling hedgehogs and snails, fur in a burrow, unfurling ferns, ram’s horns and breaking ocean waves. They elegantly prove their point that “spirals occur over and over in nature because they work so well in so many ways.”

Out of The Way! Out of the Way!

By Uma Kirshnaswami, illustrated by Uma Kirshnaswamy (Groundwood Books, 2012)

The village looks Indian, but the message is universal. A young boy protects a seedling in the middle of a busy thoroughfare. The seedling grows into a giant tree which becomes a meeting place in the midst of urban chaos.

Sometimes the drivers /stop and stay awhile…and listen. A simply delightful celebration of the need to save a tree where we can stop and listen in the midst of hectic lives: an opportunity provided so perfectly by national wildlife refuges.