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It's Snowing!
     

It's Snowing!

by Gail Gibbons
 

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Small, soft flakes fall quietly from above. It's snowing! People like to sled and ski in it, but what exactly is snow? How does it form? While it is believed that no two snowflakes look exactly alike, most have either six sides or six points. included in this crystal clear introduction to one of winter's wonders is information about different types of snowstorms,

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Small, soft flakes fall quietly from above. It's snowing! People like to sled and ski in it, but what exactly is snow? How does it form? While it is believed that no two snowflakes look exactly alike, most have either six sides or six points. included in this crystal clear introduction to one of winter's wonders is information about different types of snowstorms, regions where snow falls, and how to prepare when a snowstorm approaches.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Chelsea Couillard-Smith
Snow can mean "snow days" (no school), and the fun of snow angels and snowmen, but what is snow anyway? Gibbons illuminates the science behind snow and its many forms in this accessible introduction. From the process of evaporation, to the formation of ice crystals, and finally snowflakes, young readers trace the evolution of water into snow through simple text and bright, colorful, watercolor illustrations. The book can work two ways: the main narrative makes an engaging read-aloud, while supplemental text on each page provides more in-depth information and defines vocabulary words. Gibbons covers the prevalence of snowfall across the globe, the differences between snow, sleet, and blizzard conditions, and the ways in which snow operates as part of a larger ecosystem, protecting plants and animals tucked underground. Readers learn tips for dressing appropriately and preparing for disaster. Suggestions for a simple hands-on activity to capture and examine snowflakes is appended along with a selection of trivia facts about snow. Despite the breadth of topics addressed, the narrative has a logical flow, and each change in subject is clearly marked by the appearance of a summarizing statement in a larger font displayed at the top of the page. Gibbons' book provides a comprehensive and child-friendly overview of an often mystifying natural process; and would be a useful tool for early elementary classrooms learning about the water cycle and the seasons, as well as a good addition to weather or winter-themed storytimes.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3—Written in the style of Gibbons's Hurricanes! and Tornadoes! (both Holiday House, 2009), this book grabs the intended audience with stylized bright drawings and short blocks of text. It addresses what happens when it snows and covers cloud formation, ice crystals, and snowflakes; a simplified map illustrates worldwide snowfall regions. Ways in which snow falls to the ground, such as sleet, flurries, and a storm, are also discussed. Pictures show children playing, building snowmen, and making snow angels. There are tips about staying warm and preparing for a snowstorm, and a simple project on viewing a snowflake close up. Back matter mentions Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley, the first person believed to have taken a picture of a snowflake, and the Great Blizzard of 1888. Libraries will want this as a general purchase for weather units.—Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews
The prolific Gibbons' latest is a utilitarian, beginner's look at snow. Opening with explaining how ice crystals form and merge together within clouds to create snowflakes, the text then touches on the fact that snow falls on every continent (though least on Antarctica). Next, Gibbons examines the different ways snow can fall--flurries, sleet, snowstorm and blizzard--and how people can know when snow is headed their way: "A blizzard happens when lots and lots of snow falls. The wind is howling. The snow is drifting. There can be whiteouts." Briefly touching on snow clean up, outdoor activities and how snow benefits plants and wildlife, the text concludes with some ways to be prepared, a few Web resources and a list of fascinating facts, including some records--the largest snowflake (15 inches wide!) and biggest snowfall in one day (6'4"). There are also instructions for collecting and closely observing snowflakes, just as Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley did. Asides within the softly colored watercolor illustrations help define vocabulary: snowdrift, whiteout, evaporation, meteorologist. This, combined with short, simple sentences, make the book easily accessible for both young children and beginning readers. Though it lacks the flair and depth of others, the breadth and ease of the text make this a good introduction. (Informational picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823425457
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
246,120
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile:
AD790L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Gail Gibbons is a master nonfiction author/illustrator for children. Her more than fifty titles with Holiday House include "From Seed to Plant", which received the NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book award, and "The Pumpkin Book", which was praised as “A good resource for educators, this also has plenty of kid appeal,” by Booklist. Visit her on the web at www.gailgibbons.com.

Gail Gibbons is a best-selling children's author and illustrator. According to "The Washington Post," "Gail Gibbons has taught more preschoolers and early readers about the world than any other children's writer-illustrator." She lives in a secluded area of Vermont where she is surrounded by all kinds of wildlife. Her website is www.gailgibbons.com.

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