Fibonacci Zoo: Tom Robinson

Fibonacci Zoo

Fibonacci Zoo
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Tom Robinson’s Fibonacci Zoo picture book quaintly explains how the Fibonacci zoo is different from most; in addition to the usual interesting zoo animals, the pattern of the quantities of them comprise the Fibonacci number sequence. Robinson succeeds in teaching young audiences about the mathematical concept in such a way that it invites them to explore the subject further. I especially like how Eli, visiting the zoo with his father, is a model for young learners, for he takes notes and thinks “out loud” about what the numbers might mean, and demonstrates critical thinking when he guesses which will appear next in this extraordinary zoo. 

I highly recommend this book for general and academic readers of all levels, but the large, detailed pictures will be especially appealing to early, younger readers. There is no doubt all readers of Fibonacci Zoo will, like Eli, be entertained as they are challenged to learn.

About Tom Robinson

Tom Robinson is a National Board Certified high school teacher of more than twenty years and author of nearly one hundred books, including two bestsellers: The Everything Kids’ Science Experiments Books and Fibonacci Zoo. He lives with his wife and two children in Chelan, WA, and posted articles (until 2016) on his blog, most often covering education topics, all of which are thought-provoking and remain extremely relevant.

About Christina Wald

In addition to Fibonacci Zoo, Christina Wald has illustrated for toys, games, magazines and many other books, including Cash Kat, A Cool Summer Tail, A Warm Winter Tail, Habitat Spy, Little Red Bat, and Henry the Impatient Heron for Arbordale. Look, Find, and Learn: Animals of the World features hundreds of animals on each page.

Robinson, Tom; Christina Wald (Illustrator). Fibonacci Zoo. Arbordale Publishing. 2015. 

                Paperback: 32 pages; Language: English; ISBN-10: 1628555629; ISBN-13: 978-1628555622

About the author

Shelley Allen is a writer, editor, poet, and mother of four. She is the author of Master Fibonacci: The Man Who Changed Math. Allen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Southern Methodist University. A former teacher and bookstore owner, Allen is a bibliophile with broad literary interests. She works professionally as a freelance writer from her home in Dallas, Texas. Her website is

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Paperback: 128 pages
Author: Shelley Allen, M.A.Ed.
Publisher: Fibonacci Inc.; 1st edition (2019)
Language: English