Shapes & Patterns in Nature by Magdalena Konečná & Jana Sedláčková, illustrated by Štěpánka Sekaninová

Shapes & Patterns in Nature by Magdalena Konečná & Jana Sedláčková, illustrated by Štěpánka Sekaninová. Albatros, 2021. 9788000061252

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Format: Hardcover

What did you like about the book? This pretty, oversized book categorizes the common shapes and patterns found in the designs of flora, fauna, shells and rocks. Each page spread offers a short, simple overview of the function of the pattern, and surrounds the text with dozens of small images for examples. Terms for the shapes are shown at the bottom of the spread. For “Leaves,” for example, a row of shapes shows the many styles of leaves, such as lance-shaped, ovate, whorled, palmate, bipinnate. These are great Scrabble words! The art appears to be watercolor, and the artist uses a muted color palette.

I think the book is of most use to young artists looking to understand the shapes in nature in order to create natural looking images.

Anything you didn’t like about it? The text offers little in the way of information. In the section on flowers, the text explains that insects go about “digging their noses into fragrant cups,” which sounds poetic. However, insects do not have noses, but use antennae and other parts of their bodies to detect scents. Also, the art is serviceable for showing shapes, but colors are muted and textures are not detectable.

To whom would you recommend this book? This is more of a coffee table book for browsing.

Who should buy this book? This book is not detailed or informational enough to be of use to children’s collections.

Where would you shelve it ? 500

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: October 2, 2021

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