The Story of SNOW: The Science of Winter's Wonder
Written by: Mark Cassino with Jon Nelson, Ph.D.
Illustrations by: Nora Aoyagi
Chronicle Books, 2009, Non-Fiction
Suitable for Ages: 5 to adult
Themes/Topics: Snow crystals
Opening: "Our story starts on a winter day, high up in the sky, in a cloud that is very, very cold."
Brief Synopsis: Showcasing magnified crystals throughout the book, the authors explain how snow is formed. The photographs are breath-taking and my class of Grade 1s was oohing and aahing throughout the reading. There is a LOT of information packed into this book so we split our reading into two sessions. Much of the information is too complex for young children to completely understand, but it's easy to read bits and pieces to them, without losing any of the wonder. We learned that "invisible to the eye" crystals clump together to form snowflakes and that some crystals are actually twins! I highly recommend this book.
Links to Resources: If you click here you will find a great variety of snow and ice experiments for children. And here's a cool link for making fake snow!
For some beautiful snowman art go to Deep Space Sparkle.
And here's an easy snow painting activity using shaving cream. You can find it at the Learning With Mrs. Parker blog.
After WE read the book, we made a list of snow facts we learned and then folded round coffee filters to cut beautiful snowflakes (very simple ~ it was funny to see how much the kids loved doing this).
Why I Like This Book: It's gorgeous! It's factual! It's extremely interesting!