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Pitter Pattern

Written & illustrated by Joyce Hesselberth
Published by Greenwillow Books
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“An original book that will delight young readers beginning to recognize patterns.”

In this creative picture book, Hesselberth introduces readers to a little girl named Lu and her family and friends. Lu is learning about patterns, and she finds them all around her. She hears them in the noise of the falling rain. She notices them in the food on each person’s plate at snack time. She recognizes them in the repeating structure of the seven days in a week, in her grandma’s quilts, and in the layout of the keys on a piano. In addition to the patterns Lu points out, Hesselberth fills the pages with many, many more. There are perfect patterns on curtains, buildings, and even ice cream cones. There are also patterns occurring naturally in nature, like the stripes on a zebra or spots on a dog. With little text and lots of patterns, this original book is sure to delight young readers who are interested in patterns as they scour the pages for them, even if older readers (and adults) find it repetitive and boring by the end. The flat, layered illustrations are consistent with Hesselberth’s style and are busy with repeating textures, layouts, and designs on most objects, from umbrellas to curtains to building windows.

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Patterns are everywhere! How many can you find?

This gorgeously illustrated book from Joyce Hesselberth, the creator of the acclaimed Mapping Sam, expertly introduces readers to basic patterns in nature, music, sports, art, language, and math. Pitter Pattern is an exceptional mix of fiction and nonfiction perfect for home as well as classroom sharing.

Pitter, pitter, pat! Pitter, pitter, pat! Hey, it’s a pitter, pitter, pattern!

Lu and her friends love spotting patterns in their daily activities. Lu learns that patterns can be found at soccer practice, during her piano lessons, in dance class, at snack time, and even at the park! How many patterns can you spot as Lu goes about her week?

Patterns are an important building block of preschool and early elementary education, and Pitter Pattern includes examples of patterns found in music, weather, time, play, shapes, nature, math, and language. The accessible and playful illustrations feature additional patterns for engaged readers to discover. An expert blend of fiction and nonfiction, this beautiful and innovative character-driven picture book is an ideal read-aloud for classrooms, family story times, and for fans of Hervé Tullet, Lois Ehlert, Steve Jenkins, and Joyce Sidman. Includes backmatter about the patterns in the book.

What Kind of Book is Pitter Pattern

Quotes from Pitter Pattern

  • “Hey, it’s a pitter, pitter, pattern!”
  • “Hey, the days of the week are a pattern too!”

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Lu finds patterns all around her: at the park, at soccer practice, at her grandma’s. Help your young reader explore the patterns in the story, then discuss what patterns can be seen around him.

  • Lu has a variety of activities in a week—soccer practice, piano practice, playdates, visits with her grandma. What activities does your child have each week that she enjoys? What would she like to change about her weekly activities?

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Who Wrote Pitter Pattern

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Joyce Hesselberth

Joyce Hesselberth is a children’s book illustrator, an app designer, and an illustration instructor at Maryland Institute College of Art. Her work has been featured in national ad campaigns, theater productions, newspapers, and magazines. Her art has been recognized by American Illustration, the Society of Illustrators, and the Art Director’s Club of New York. She currently lives with her husband in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the author and illustrator of Shape Shift, which was a Bank Street Best Book of the Year and received a starred review from Kirkus, and Mapping Sam, which was an Amazon Best Book of the Month, a New York Public Library Best Book, a Chicago Public Library Best Book, and received two starred reviews.

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What Do Critics Say About Pitter Pattern

  • “The text and essential pictures offer bountiful opportunities for reader interaction, whether one-on-one or in a group setting. Young ones can verbally identify or point to their discoveries or participate in rhythmic clapping and repetitive dance moves.

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  • “A concise concluding explanation of repeating and growing patterns may well encourage curious kids to flip back to the start and identify samples of each . . .”

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Publication Date:
February 11, 2020

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