The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaws by Margaret Drabble

By Margaret Drabble

The trend within the Carpet: a private historical past with Jigsaws is an unique and wonderful paintings. Margaret Drabble weaves her personal tale right into a heritage of video games, particularly jigsaws, that have provided her and so on aid from depression and melancholy. along curious evidence and discoveries approximately jigsaw puzzles—did you recognize that the 1929 inventory industry crash was once by means of a increase in puzzle sales?—Drabble introduces us to her liked Auntie Phyl, and describes formative years visits to the home in lengthy Bennington at the nice North street, their first journey to London jointly, the books they learn, and the jigsaws they accomplished. She deals penetrating sketches of her mom and dad, siblings, and youngsters, and stocks her techniques at the significance of youth play, on artwork and writing, and on getting older and reminiscence. and he or she does so along with her universal intelligence, strength, and wit. it is a memoir like no different.

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A Young sandgrouse cannot fly to search for their daily drink of water. Instead, their fathers operate a special airlift. Every morning, flocks of male sandgrouse fly to distant waterholes, where they wade in up to their breasts. Once their feathers are thoroughly soaked, they fly back to their nests. Their thirsty chicks nibble at the wet feathers, and this gives them enough water to last until the next day. Mudskipper Do penguins feel the cold? For humans, it’s hard to feel comfortable when the weather is freezing.

Cuttlefish (seen from below) Each kind of frog has a different color and pattern Brilliant colors show up on the forest floor Poison dart frogs Body usually less than 2 in (5 cm) long Leaf beetle Shiny colors produced by body case Q How do leaf beetles get their shine? A These shiny colors are made in a special way. Instead of being produced by chemicals, they are made by microscopic ridges on the beetle’s body case. These ridges make light rays interfere with each other, creating colors with a metallic shine.

N In Antarctic winters, limpets migrate to deep water to avoid being crushed by ice. Q How far do turtles travel? A When turtles breed, they often Q Who travels farthest in a lifetime? A Humpbacks and gray whales can migrate up to 12,500 miles (20,000 km) a year, traveling between the cold waters where they feed and the tropical waters where they breed. Because these whales live for a long time, they clock up huge distances during the course of their lives. No one knows exactly how far, but the record may be 600,000 miles (1 million km).

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