Sunday, July 11, 2010

A taste of Fibonacci

GROWING PATTERNS: FIBONACCI NUMBERS IN NATURE, by Sarah C. Campbell, photographs by Sarah C. Campbell and Richard P. Campbell (Boyds Mills Press 2010)(ages 5-11). This elegant picture book introduces the Fibonacci sequence (1+1+2+3+5+8+13+21+...)(each number in the sequence is the sum of the two previous numbers) through photographs of flowers and simple counting exercises. An afterword and glossary should pique the interest of anyone interested in numbers or nature.

BLOCKHEAD: THE LIFE OF FIBONACCI, by Joseph D'Agnese, ill. by John O'Brien (Henry Holt 2010)(ages 6-9). This fun and highly-fictionalized account of the life Fibonacci ranges from a childhood in which he had difficulties in school through an adulthood of travels and curiosity. Both text and pictures are lively and provide an entertaining tale of how Fibonacci (may have) discovered the sequence that bears his name.

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