CM . . . .Volume V Number 16 . . . . April 9, 1999
SwirlsFrom the "Let's Look At" series for preschoolers, Let's Look at Patterns examines checks, spots, zigzags, wiggles, swirls and more. Everything from wiggly red toothpaste to spiral seashells appear on the pages. Household items, food and things found in nature illustrate the concepts. The photographs are bold and colourful, with pictures floating on a white background to make them stand out. Boys and girls of various ethnic backgrounds show off a variety of creative clothes and are shown creating their own painted designs. The book demonstrates how patterns can be found on animals too, from the scales on a fish to the stripes on zebras and a zigzag pattern on a snake. The pictures are labelled simply but clearly throughout the book. Some of the terms are unusual, such as "splodges of messy paint" or the "stripey candy sticks." Children may enjoy spotting images repeated from other books in the series, since the same blue teapot appears in the Let's Look At Kitchen and the colourful handkerchief reappears in Let's Look at Mix and Match.
Shannon Nesdoly is a mother of two and a student in the Faculty of Education, the University of Manitoba.
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