Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature

Joyce Sidman

“A poet who was awarded the Newbery Honor and a medalist from the Caldecott Medal celebrates the value and beauty of spirals. What about the shell of the tiny snail makes it so stunning? Why does that shape appear so frequently in nature, such as in fast-moving rivers, in the bud of a flower, and even inside your own ear?

Joyce Sidman’s poetry and Beth Krommes’ scratchboard illustrations not only reveal the many spirals that can be found in nature (from fiddleheads to elephant tusks, from crashing waves to spiraling galaxies), but they also celebrate the beauty and usefulness of this fascinating shape in a way that is both simple and graceful.”