I guess it is no surprise that Growing Patterns: Fibonacci Numbers in Nature did not arrive today — given that it is Sunday. But I am continuing the countdown, nonetheless. Here is another photograph we took because of the beautiful spiral, but it is not clear to me how or if this is a sprial that relates to Fibonacci numbers. I do like red.
I have been adding resources to my website that relate to Fibonacci numbers. If you go to the Books section and select Growing Patterns, you will have the option of clicking on a menu for Fibonacci links. It includes 10 links that I found while researching my book. Some include classroom activities.
Even though I have no official reason to expect it, I know I’ll open the front door one day soon to a copy of Growing Patterns: Fibonacci Numbers in Nature. I checked my blog from two years ago around this time and confirmed my memory that Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator showed up in the later part of November (the 17th to be exact). I was actually hoping to see Growing Patterns a little earlier — because it will be out March 1 vs. Wolfsnail‘s May 1. My editor told me last week he still hadn’t seen a book; he had seen F&G’s, though, which made me more than a little jealous. I want it. I want it. I want it.
In honor of the unofficial countdown, I am posting a photograph each day that relates in some way to Fibonacci numbers, but didn’t make it into the book. I have read that strawberry seeds arrange themselves into spirals, which, when counted, reveal Fibonacci numbers. I haven’t counted one myself, but I may have to just to pass the time.
Wolfsnail update: Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator was reviewed on ReadKiddoRead.com, a website created by James Patterson to promote reading for fun. Read the review here. Written by children’s literacy consultant Judy Freeman, the review includes a suggestion for teachers and a list of books that are similar.
I have been catching up with lots of my high school classmates recently on Facebook and I felt inspired to post a few photographs from those days. This is one my mother took 26 years ago of the Port Gibson High School Lady Waves. This was my last year of official, organized basketball. PGHS was not able to field sports team for the ’83-’84 season. (It’s a long story.)
This is one I took the previous spring, when our team won the district championship. We later lost in the semi-finals of the state tournament to Lafayette County. This photograph placed third in a Girl Scout art contest called “What Makes Me Smile.” It was also published in a Macalester College Alumni magazine. My sister, Emilye, (No. 14) and my friend, Francene, (front right) both went to Macalester. It is fun to think back on those days.