Unofficial Countdown



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, 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.

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