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Mysterious Patterns: Finding Fractals in Nature

Mysterious Patterns: Finding Fractals in Nature

Current price: $9.99
Publication Date: August 8th, 2023
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Nature's repeating patterns, better known as fractals, are beautiful, universal, and explain much about how things grow. Fractals can also be quantified mathematically. Here is an elegant introduction to fractals through examples that can be seen in parks, rivers, and our very own backyards.

Young readers will be fascinated to learn that broccoli florets are fractals—just like mountain ranges, river systems, and trees—and will share in the wonder of math as it is reflected in the world around us. Perfect for any elementary school classroom or library, Mysterious Patterns is an exciting interdisciplinary introduction to repeating patterns.

About the Author

Sarah C. Campbell creates picture books with facts and photographs. Her latest book, Growing Patterns: Fibonacci Numbers in Nature, explains a simple number pattern and explores the ways it shows up in nature. Her first book, Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator was named a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book and an ALSC Notable Children's Book. She partners with her husband, Richard, to take the photographs for her books. They live with their three sons in Jackson, MS. Visit

Praise for Mysterious Patterns: Finding Fractals in Nature

★ "This fascinating exploration should awaken readers' powers of observation and appreciation for the intricacies of nature." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ "Using clear text and outstanding color photographs, Campbell explores the concept of these unusual shapes. . . An afterword reveals more of Mandlebrot's background and work, which will be an inspiration to budding scientists/mathematicians." —School Library Journal, starred review

"This beautifully designed volume is a useful resource and, apparently, the only children's book devoted to fractals." —Booklist

"Through examples of what fractals are and what they aren't, this photo essay introduces a complex mathematical idea in a simple, inviting way. Using a straightforward text and eye-catching photographs, the Campbells start with the familiar: spheres, cones, cylinders--shapes readers can find and readily name in their environments. But then they move on to the more elaborate forms . . . For visual learners, this is a particularly accessible demonstration of an intriguing concept." —Kirkus Reviews