Flow, Spin, Grow

By Patchen Barss and Todd Stewart

From 4 to 8 | 32 pages, color

Branching, spiraling, spinning—you can find patterns almost anywhere in nature, if you look for them. This book is a starting point that introduces kids to some major patterns in the natural world. Just as the branches of a tree spread upwards into the sky, roots branch deep into the ground. Branches also spread through our bodies, inside our lungs and veins. Storms and snail shells spiral; electrons and galaxies spin.

With brief text and full-spread illustrations, this book is designed to inspire kids to observe, discover, and explore hidden structures and shapes in the natural world around them. Why are things the way they are? This question, key to scientific inquiry, runs throughout the text.

Artwork in multilayered screen prints shows how the natural world is inherently beautiful, from the curve of your ear to the spiraling arms of our galaxy. Kids will come away with a deeper understanding that we are all connected to nature and part of its patterns.
"The combination of clear illustrations and easy-to-read-aloud text will help make complex concepts understandable, especially for younger readers." - Kirkus Reviews
"A good addition to any early nonfiction collection. An especially wonderful book to read aloud and discuss with young nature-lovers." - School Library Journal
"The large, rhyming action words on each page will capture young readers’ attentions." - Booklist
"Flow Spin Grow ultimately aims not to lead but inspire children to make their own discoveries, to be their own scientists." - Quill & Quire
“The book is a different take on a familiar concept and could be used in multiple subject areas.” - School Library Connection
Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12,
Book Links Lasting Connection, 2018

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