Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature

A spiral is a snuggling shape . . .

Why does a snail shell grow in a spiral? And why do spirals occur in nature over and over—in swirling rivers, in flower buds, even inside your ear? With simplicity and grace, Swirl by Swirl not only reveals the many spirals in nature—from fiddleheads to elephant tusks, from crashing waves to spiraling galaxies—but also celebrates the beauty and usefulness of this fascinating shape.


Book Trailer 

Reader's Guide

More Fun Stuff:

Wonderful ideas about using this book with children from The Classroom Bookshelf at Lesley College

Using Swirl by Swirl with preschoolers: The Happy Birthday Author blog

Awards and Honors

Horn Book Fanfare List
Amazon's Best Books of 2011--Top Ten Picture Books
ALA Notable Children's Book
School Library Journal Best Book of 2011
Booklist Editor's Choice

Book Links Lasting Connection Book

NSTA Outstanding Trade Book
Charlotte Zolotow Award Highly Commended Title


*Publisher's Weekly (starred review)
"One of those rare children's books that makes you look at the physical world differently."  

*Horn Book (starred review)

"Powerful, poetic . . . a success in every way."


*Booklist (starred review)

"Reading it aloud at home will make the everyday fascinating."


*School Library Journal (starred review)

"Another first-rate volume from the author and illustrator of Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow."

*Kirkus (starred review)
"Exquisitely simple and memorable."

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