Inside: A book review of The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter\’s Wonder
Happy Friday! I have a fascinating book to share for Perfect Picture Book Friday.
Author: Mark Cassino with Jon Nelson, Ph.D.
Illustrations: Nora Aoyagi
Publishing: Chronicle Books, 2009
Ages: 5 to adult
Themes: Snow crystals, Fiction
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.
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. Click on the pictures for the direct links.
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!