The Snow Show

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Tune into The Snow Show to see Chef Kelvin and his trusty sous-chefs, Snow White and Jack Frost, investigate evaporation, condensation, and precipitation—all while cooking up the lightest, fluffiest batch of snow ever to fall from the sky.
          The critics agree: This is one snowy science-filled cooking extravaganza that’ll make kids wish every day were a snow day!
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Overview

Tune into The Snow Show to see Chef Kelvin and his trusty sous-chefs, Snow White and Jack Frost, investigate evaporation, condensation, and precipitation—all while cooking up the lightest, fluffiest batch of snow ever to fall from the sky.
          The critics agree: This is one snowy science-filled cooking extravaganza that’ll make kids wish every day were a snow day!
          Includes an author’s note with additional information about snow, suggested reading, and a link to the author’s website, which features an exciting animation of snow-crystal formation and a free activity kit.

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Editorial Reviews

Paul O. Zelinsky
The text is informative—it defines evaporation, deposition, the conditions that produce specific crystal types—and amusing. The asides are more amusing still, but what sets this book apart is its art. It's one of the most gloriously exuberant, inventive displays of computer-created art that I have seen in a picture book.
—The New York Times
Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
Children are curious about everything. They want to know where things come from and how things work. Children's desire to learn about every aspect of life is one of the most important things that need nurturing, though often, the questions children ask are difficult to answer. Fisher has written a book that offers a basic understanding of how snow is formed. Science facts are combined with a cooking show starring Snow White, Chef Kelvin and Jack Frost. Necessary conditions and ingredients are described, and the steps necessary to create snow are listed as steps in a recipe with the scientific terms for the process included on the same page. The illustrations show Chef Kelvin, a snowman in a chef's hat, going through each stage of the process and making sarcastic comments. Additional sources to consult, as well as brief facts about snow and a recipe for "Polar Pops" are included at the end of the text. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3

Fisher takes techniques from video and digital media to explain a scientific concept. The book opens on the stage of a cooking show whose hosts, Snow White, Jack Frost, and a snowman named Chef Kelvin, use the cooking metaphor to teach the audience how snow is made. Snippets of text appear, recipe fashion, on each spread and deconstruct the processes of evaporation, deposition, application of heat (or cold), and precipitation. The visually dynamic, digitally created art features lettering that helps tell the story. For example, the word "water" spills from a measuring cup and looks, well, wet. Fisher includes collage, dialogue asides, arrows, onomatopoeic descriptors, and fact boxes, yet maintains clarity, cohesion, and purpose. Snow Show will be a hit with teachers who need to get a point across and with youngsters who are used to the visual stimulus of a screen.-Lisa Egly Lehmuller, St. Patrick's Catholic School, Charlotte, NC

Kirkus Reviews

Prima-donna snowman Chef Kelvin provides the chief ingredients in this playful look at snowflake-formation. As host Snow White narrates, Chef Kelvin warms himself, evaporates and forms into a cloud, reserving some water vapor for the big event, deposition, or the transformation of water vapor directly into ice, which makes snow crystals. As the studio audience oohs and aahs, playful visuals mix the cooking-show motif with science to great effect—one highlight is the image of Chef Kelvin in cloud form as a particle accelerator for the deposition process. Complete with a commercial break and outtakes, this show's as packed with information as a good hard snowball. (Informational picture book. 7-10)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152060190
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 972,942
  • Age range: 5 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

CAROLYN FISHER is the illustrator of Two Old Potatoes and Me by John Coy, a Reading Rainbow selection, as well as her own A Twisted Tale. She lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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  • Posted April 18, 2010

    Great For Fun and For the Classroom

    Snow White, Chef Kelvin, and Jack Frost take us to the North Pole for an episode of a cooking show. In this episode we learn how to make snow. We learn the different ingredients of snow as well as all of the processes used to create snow. This book also introduces all the different scientific processes in the water cycle. The commercial breaks throughout the book add a clever and unique twist that keeps us interested. Throughout the pages, the reader feels like they are watching a cooking show. The illustrations add to the text. Each page shows a detailed picture of each step of the water process. The double page spread adds to the book. This makes the picture easy to see. The pictures in this book are crucial to really understanding the topics discussed in the book. They also make turning each page exciting because the reader is unsure of what is happening next.

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