Mysterious Patterns: Finding Fractals in Nature
Sarah C. Campbell
Photographys by Sarah C. Campbell and Richard P. Campbell
2014 by Boyds Mills Press
ISBN – 9781620916278
Genre – Nonfiction
Age – Elementary school
This book explains what fractals are very simply. It shows what they are comprised of (familiar shapes, like cones and spheres,) and gives examples from our every day lives. As the book goes on it shows how these shapes repeating over and over each time smaller, can be found in nature. It uses architecture, flowers, geology, the human body, and more to illustrate the lesson. Campbell is sure to teach us about repeating patterns that do not change in size, and that these are not fractals. She also mention briefly who discovered them and how. I thought it was very useful to have a glossary in the front. There is also a mini lesson on the last page. It teaches the reader how to make their own fractal. I love that it helps kids put what they learned into practice. The photographs are great. They really help describe the text, and some of it is quite beautiful as well.