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

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

by Mark Cassino
     
 

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How do snow crystals form? What shapes can they take? Are no two snow crystals alike? These questions and more are answered in this visually stunning exploration of the science of snow. Perfect for reading on winter days, the book features photos of real snow crystals in their beautiful diversity. Snowflake-catching instructions are also included.  See more details below

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How do snow crystals form? What shapes can they take? Are no two snow crystals alike? These questions and more are answered in this visually stunning exploration of the science of snow. Perfect for reading on winter days, the book features photos of real snow crystals in their beautiful diversity. Snowflake-catching instructions are also included.

Editorial Reviews

Abby McGanney Nolan
The engaging Story of Snow—featuring a succinct text, spare illustrations in gray-and-blue hues and magnified images of gorgeous snow crystals—explains how snow is made…Along with Snowflake Bentley, Jacqueline Briggs Martin's charming 1998 biography of the Vermont photographer who documented the uniqueness of snowflakes in the 19th century, this book will instill appreciation for these tiny, cool objects.
—The Washington Post
Children's Literature - Cherie Ilg Haas
From the birth of a snow crystal within cold clouds, to the complete formation and then the fall from the sky, this book breaks down the scientific nature of snowflakes in a way that is easy to comprehend. Although this book is geared toward older children, it could be gracefully shared with younger readers as well; each mini-point regarding snow is led with a basic sentence, then goes into more detail in smaller text. Therefore, parents sharing this title with youngsters could smoothly read only the leading sentences and still captivate their attention. The many enlarged photos throughout show detailed close-ups of individual crystals, showing snow in all of its intricate glory. Useful drawings and insets also provide examples and explanations of how snow crystals form, as well as how their diverse shapes form. The author's appreciation of snow is evident, and there is even a special section about "How to Catch Your Own Snow Crystals." Reviewer: Cherie Ilg Haas
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3—Simple sentences in large type offer basic information about the formation and structure of snow crystals while additional explanations and detail are presented in two sets of progressively smaller fonts. Aoyagi's watercolor and ink drawings show how a snow crystal develops from a tiny speck of soil, pollen, or other substances to become a complex six-sided structure. Numerous photographs of snow crystals reveal details of common shapes such as stars, plates, and columns. The images are large enough to share in a small-group setting. Instructions on how to catch and view snow crystals encourage readers to make their own observations. Libraries in areas where snow falls will definitely want to add this title to their collections, but it would enhance lessons on weather anywhere. A logical pairing would be with Jacqueline Martin's Snowflake Bentley (Houghton, 1998), the story of the man who pioneered methods to create photographs like the ones in this book.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Kirkus Reviews
Covering much the same scientific territory as Carolyn Fisher's The Snow Show (2008), this distinguishes itself with Cassino's astonishing photographs of snow crystals. The clear and direct narrative takes readers into the clouds to explain snow-crystal formation (each crystal needs a speck of some earthly substance to grow from) and then zooms in on the actual crystals. Describing the three major types of crystals (star-shaped, plate and columnar), the authors also provide snippets of facts, such as how the molecular structure of water creates the six-sided crystals or the different conditions under which the three varieties form. Aoyagi's clean ink-and-watercolor diagrams and backgrounds allow the spectacular photographs to take center stage and provide supplemental information. Sure to get young scientists outside in the cold, particularly as it helpfully includes crystal-catching instructions. (Informational picture book. 6-10)
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BOOKLIST (STARRED REVIEW)
With never a hint of hyperbole, the authors communicate such a contagious sense of wonder that few readers will be able to resist following the final pages' simple directions for constructing a handheld snowflake observation stage and rushing outside at the first sign of snow in hopes of taking a closer look at one of nature's most beautiful and ubiquitous phenomena.

WASHINGTON POST
Along with Snowflake Bentley, Jacqueline Briggs Martin's charming 1998 biography of the Vermont photographer who documented the uniqueness of snowflakes in the 19th century, this book will instill appreciation for these tiny, cool objects.

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
Libraries in areas where snow falls will definitely want to add this title to their collections, but it would enhance lessons on weather anywhere.

KIRKUS REVIEWS
The clear and direct narrative takes readers into the clouds to explain snow-crystal formation...and then zooms in on the actual crystals. Sure to get young scientists outside in the cold, particularly as it helpfully includes crystal-catching instructions.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Thought you knew it all about snowflakes? Settle down in a comfy chair, and prepare to revise your inner database....By the end, you'll be hoping there's a day when you can follow the careful directions for catching and viewing snow crystals.

BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS (STARRED REVIEW)
Nature photographer Cassino's galley of snow crystals is the sort of riveting exhibition that will have eyes locked to the pages, mesmerized by the intricate forms themselves and the 'How did he do that?' wonder at Cassino's technique of capturing images of these ephemeral delicacies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811879736
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
10/21/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
36
Sales rank:
578,633
File size:
10 MB
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Mark Cassino is a fine art and natural history photographer. He lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with his wife, Pam, and their two cats.
Jon Nelson is a teacher and physicist who has studied ice crystals and clouds for more than 15 years. He lives near Kyoto, Japan.

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