Nature's Paintbrush: The Patterns and Colors Around You

cover spotsSimon & Schuster, Ages 2-6, 1999
This out-of-print book is available as an eBook through a subscription with Fable Learning.

"Have you ever watched a tiger weave through tall, waving grasses?
Because its stripes are curvy, it blends with its surroundings.
On soft, padded paws, it creeps up on prey, unseen."

Nature's Paintbrush explores the myriad ways in which patterns and colors help living things survive.


  • Best Children's Book of the Year, Bank Street College of Education, 2000
  • Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children, National Science Teachers Association, 2000
  • Nominee, Georgia Author of the Year Award, 2000
  • Society of School Librarians International Book Awards Honor, 1999


"A stunning work that goes far beyond celebrating patterns in nature. "
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Colorful acrylic paintings have a compelling silk-screen appearance and are the strongest feature of the book."
School Library Journal

"This inspiring book will be a delight to share with young artists and scientists."
National Science Teachers Association

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