The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder

Screen shot 2012-01-07 at 11.54.48 AM“Snow begins with a speck”. For the youngest readers, read the bold words on each page. Older readers will enjoy the explanations and captions. Close-ups of real snow crystals that make up snowflakes fascinate, and diagrams of snow crystals illustrate their shapes and growth.

The last pages show how to catch snow in order to study its varied crystals. Written by Michigan photographer, Mark Cassino, with Jon Nelson, Ph.D., and illustrated by Nora Aoyagi, this nonfiction gem will please many ages. The author links lead to much more snow-themed information.



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Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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1 Response to The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder

  1. Duane Cole says:

    You thought you knew all about snowflakes because you read the Caldecott winning picture book biography Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and illustrated by Mary Azarian? Think again. Here’s a striking nonfiction picture book that fills in a lot more of the details with a dual text format that makes it usable for a wide age range. “Snow begins with a speck,” is the lead sentence, in larger black letters, on the second page. If you’re sharing the book with preschoolers, those topic sentences on each page might be all you need to read. For older kids, there’s additional easy-to-absorb information about those specks, including the fact that a snow crystal needs one of those “specks” of dirt, ash, salt, or bacteria to start growing. The accompanying gray and lavender-toned watercolor and ink illustrations show, step by step, how water vapor sticks to the speck and grows into a hexagon-shaped ice crystal with six branches or arms. Accompanying the text are large, ethereal color photographs of snow crystals, collected during different snowfalls by the author/photographer. Did you know six-sided snow crystals can be shaped like stars, plates, or columns? No, neither did I. Did you know they’re rarely perfect? Or that a snowflake is actually made up of many different snow crystals? This extraordinarily attractive package imparts a surprising amount of knowledge.At the back are instructions on how to catch and observe your own snow crystals. If you’re in a snowy place, your children will adore this activity. If not, share snow stories while your listeners hold little plastic Ziploc bags with one ice cube in each, so they can feel the cold. Walter Wick’s experiment-filled A Drop of Water will be a natural companion.Reviewed by JF.THEMES: SCIENCE & SCIENTISTS.

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