Snow Amazing: Cool Facts and Warm Tales

Snow Amazing: Cool Facts and Warm Tales

by Ann Love, Jane Drake, Mark Thurman
     
 
Jane Drake and Ann Love, the acclaimed authors of Cool Woods: A Trip Around the World’s Boreal Forest, explore the fascinating, beautiful, and sometimes dangerous world of snow. They write about snow as a habitat, the significance of snow on the environment, snow’s impact on the people and animals who live in it, and snow stories and lore from

Overview

Jane Drake and Ann Love, the acclaimed authors of Cool Woods: A Trip Around the World’s Boreal Forest, explore the fascinating, beautiful, and sometimes dangerous world of snow. They write about snow as a habitat, the significance of snow on the environment, snow’s impact on the people and animals who live in it, and snow stories and lore from around the world.

From the science of snow to the magic of a winter wonderland, this book is a comprehensive must-read. Not only is the information presented with clarity and brisk good humor, but with urgency. As the polar ice cap melts, we are becoming aware of its critical impact on all of the earth’s living creatures.

Illustrated with Mark Thurman’s detailed drawings and magnificent photographs from the authors’ own collections, this is a wintry treat to enjoy all year.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-This conversational text presents the natural history and the lore of snow and the creatures that live in it. From Kovakmiut terms for specific types of snows and drifts to snowy paw prints, avalanches, glaciers, the Ice Age, and much more, the scientific facts stand cheek by jowl with folktales and fun facts. Readers are told how snow crystals form, and how Snowflake Bentley and others have spent lifetimes studying their highly individual shapes. Small, full-color photos and some attractive artwork are sprinkled throughout. Team this volume with Joan Sugarman's Snowflakes (Little, Brown, 1985), Terence Williams's The Secret Language of Snow (Pantheon, 1984), and Sandra Markle's Exploring Winter (Atheneum, 1984) for a seasonal treat. Kenneth George Libbrecht's superb The Snowflake (Voyageur, 2003), from the adult department, offers an awesome look at the sublime glory of snow crystals.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A super-sized snow celebration by the authors of Cool Woods: A Trip Around the World's Boreal Forest (2003) includes weather predictions, snow formation, animals in winter, and bits about blizzards, avalanches, and glaciers. There are thumbnail sketches of historic and modern snow studiers, disaster stories, folktales, invented diaries, and tips on saving the environment. They include plenty of delightfully odd facts, too, e.g., "gray jays' saliva has a glue-like quality, allowing them to stick seeds high up in trees, well above the snow." There's some questionable science, such as: "We have winter because the sun has farther to travel to reach north in winter than it does in summer. And that makes the north colder in winter." It's not the distance from the sun, though, but the angle of rays that's important. Drawings by Owl magazine artist Thurman add to the humor and break up too-dense blocks of text. Includes glossary and index, but no sources for folktales or facts. Over-packed, but fun for browsing. (Nonfiction. 10-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780887766701
Publisher:
Tundra
Publication date:
10/19/2004
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
8.31(w) x 10.31(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Jane Drake and Ann Love are sisters and co-authors and have shared a life-long interest in the environment and the wild. Their writing for children has always had a natural history/environmental/action focus. They are interested in making children more observant of the natural world. Together they are the authors of many award-winning books including The Kids Winter Cottage Book. They have been shortlisted for numerous awards including the Red Cedar Award, the Norma Fleck Award, the Hackmatack Award, and the Silver Birch Award. Ann Love is one of the founding members of Pollution Probe. Both Jane and Ann are married with three children each and live in the Toronto area.

Mark Thurman is an artist, illustrator, author, and teacher who enjoys writing and illustrating picture books and conducting workshops for students and teachers. He has over thirty books to his credit. He was co-creator and illustrator of the “Mighty Mites,” a scientific cartoon in Owl magazine. Mark Thurman lives and works in Toronto.

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