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Nature's paintbrush : the patterns and colors around you
Stockdale, Susan.
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Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1999.
Physical Description:
22 unnumbered pages ; 22 cm
Simple text and bright pictures explain the many uses of colors and patterns in the natural world.
Reading Level:
AD 960 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.7 0.5 30724.
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QH401 .S67 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QH401 .S67 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QH401 .S67 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QH401 .S67 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Why do flower petals so often grow in a circle?Why are toucans' beaks so brilliantly colored?With a simple text and bright, jewel-like illustrations, Susan Stockdale explores the myriad ways in which patterns and colors are helpful to living things. They provide camouflage, of course, but that's only the beginning....A pinwheel of flower petals draws bees to a flower's center where they can collect sweet nectar and drop off pollen. And a toucan waves its colorful beak like a flag to attract a mate.Clever and eye-opening, Nature's Paintbrush will encourage youngsters to examine, think about, and enjoy the colorful world around them.

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Booklist Review

Ages 5^-7. The author-illustrator of Some Sleep Standing Up (1996) offers more observations of the natural world, here pointing out how surface textures, patterns, and colors help living things hide, escape, reproduce, or repel predators. Using sharply defined forms and opaque, brightly contrasting colors, Stockdale depicts a series of clearly visible scenes, from desert to rain forest, reef to tundra, closing in to examine a spider's web, pulling back in a final spread to show a model young naturalist patiently eyeing a flock of butterflies. Each spread is captioned with a question--sometimes rhetorical, for example, "Have you ever watched a tiger weave through tall, waving grasses?" --followed by a sentence or two of explanation. This rather sweeping survey would make a fine, dramatic read-aloud to accompany more detailed studies of camouflage, predation, and wildlife behavior, such as Phyllis Jean Perry's Hide and Seek (1997). --John Peters

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2Stockdale explores the ways in which the patterns and colors found in nature help plants and animals survive. For example, the tigers wavy stripes allow it to blend in with its surroundings and hunt undetected, and the circular pattern of flower petals attracts bees to the flowers center where they spread pollen. Each page or double-page spread begins with a question (e.g., Have you ever noticed the eyespot near the tail of a butterfly fish? or Have you ever been pricked by a cactus?) followed by a brief, lyrical explanation. The large, colorful, acrylic paintings have a compelling silk-screen appearance and are the strongest feature of the book. While the author successfully encourages young readers to examine nature more closely, she doesnt provide a focus beyond the usefulness of patterns and colors. For example, a spiders web is discussed on the same spread as the mottled skin of a rattlesnake, despite the fact that these two things serve vastly different functions. Carolyn Ottos What Color Is Camouflage? (HarperCollins, 1996) provides more thorough coverage of camouflage.Jackie Hechtkopf, University of Maryland, College Park (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.