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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Review of Spotty, Stripy, Swirly by Jane Brocket

Publisher: Millbrook Press, Lerner Imprint
Release date: January 1, 2012
Buying Links: Millbrook Press     Amazon

Book Blurb (from publisher):
Dotty, stripy, straight and swirly—patterns are all around us. How many different patterns can you find pictured in this book?

Reviewed By: Bea

Bea's Thoughts:

Brocket has added another wonderful book to her Clever Concepts series. Using vivid, detailed photographs and everyday objects, she explores the concept of patterns for young children. She uses flowers, items of furniture, toys, fabrics, sidewalks, pretty much anything that has a pattern of some kind. There are numerous examples of patterns, including but not limited to, spots, stripes,circles/dots, zig zags, etc. The photographs are eye catching, and despite showcasing patterns, they're not too busy.

Just as in prior books, Brocket encourages readers to look for patterns in the world around them. I like that she uses patterns found all around children in houses, toys, foods, etc. to illustrate her point and she gently encourages children to look for them. A basic understanding of shapes is necessary to recognize and understand patterns but once that has been mastered, children will enjoy spotting patterns in everything around them. Parents and teachers will be able to turn looking for different patterns into a fun I Spy game. 

I received an eARC from the publisher.

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