Broccoli, lightning, and mountain ranges cannot be described as cylinders, spheres, or cones, so what shape are they? Sarah C. Campbell uses stunning photography and clear language to describe and explain the Mysterious Patterns (Boyds Mill, $16.95) that make up these and many other natural phenomena: fractals. First described by Benoit Mandelbrot, shapes comprised of repeating parts of different sizes make up much of the world around us, from the Colorado River to Queen Anne’s lace. An afterword by mathematician Michael Frame, who worked with Mandelbrot, describes how humans have harnessed nature’s mysterious shape for technologies from the internet to the invisibility cloak. Ages 6-10. Emily Ellerbe

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By Sarah C. Campbell, Richard P. Campbell (Photographs by)
ISBN: 9781620916278
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Published: Boyds Mills Press - April 1st, 2014

In one Lifetime (Chronicle, $17.99), how many fleeces will an alpaca grow? How many beads will a rattlesnake add to its rattle? How many eggs will an alligator lay? Lola M. Schaefer was curious about these and other numerical aspects of animal lives but couldn’t find the answers in books or on the Internet, so she talked to animal experts and used some math to figure them out. The results, presented in a gentle format and accompanied by Christopher Silas Neal’s gorgeous illustrations, make a unique read-aloud for younger readers, while the in-depth back matter will fascinate older animal- and math-lovers. (The answers, by the way, are 20, 40, and 550.) Ages 4-9. EAE
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ISBN: 9781452107141
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 24th, 2013

Absorbed with the wonder of a compass and fantasizing about defying gravity by riding his bicycle On a Beam of Light (Chronicle, $17.99), young Albert Einstein didn’t want to be like other children. He wanted to look and wonder and “discover the hidden mysteries in the world.” Luckily for the world, as he grew his questions grew with him. Jennifer Berne’s short, picture-book biography celebrates Einstein’s curiosity and his willingness to be different as the root cause of all his discoveries. Vladimir Radunsky’s whimsical illustrations show Einstein’s actual environment interwoven with his thoughts and questions. Ages 4-8. EAE
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By Jennifer Berne, Vladimir Radunsky (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780811872355
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Published: Chronicle Books - April 23rd, 2013