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Ken Libbrecht's Field Guide to Snowflakes Hardcover – October 1, 2006

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Editorial Reviews

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The Daily Yomiuri (Tokyo), Dec. 9, 2006

“It’s a fun little book that shows nature’s art in great detail.”

Chicago Sun Times, Dec. 6, 2006

“Libbrecht is one of the foremost experts on snow. His recently published Field Guide to Snowflakes (Voyageur Press) is his fourth book on the subject, and his work is included in a new exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.”



"Part history, part physics lesson, part sumptuous photo gallery, and overall field guide to the beauty so often lost afloat and under boot."
The New York Times, in their review of Snowflake: Winter's Secret Beauty


NJ Family Life, January 2007

“This captivating introduction to the science behind snowflakes is highlighted by the author’s own snowflake microphotographs.”

The International Journal of Meteorology, March 2007

“This book really tells the reader almost all he could possibly want to know about the humble snowflake, and certainly made your reviewer ache for an ‘old-fashioned winter’ so that he could use this valuable book in the field.”

Hamptons.com, Nov. 20, 2007

“A handy, pocket-sized book that offers tips for intrepid snowflake hunters, including what type of snowflakes to expect during certain weather conditions, and opportune ways

for capturing them. You can find and buy the book from the publisher or at any major bookstore.”

From the Back Cover

The next time the forecast calls for snow, you can be prepared with this fun, informative pocket-sized guide to the amazing world of snowflakes.
 
This guide will not only explain the science behind these one-of-a-kind natural masterpieces, but showcases their delicate beauty through amazing microphotography of real snow crystals. You’ll also learn about the most common types of snowflakes, their structures and patterns, when the most beautiful crystals are likely to fall, and how you can best observe and even photograph them.
 
 
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; 1st edition (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760326452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760326459
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Barbara Wilson on January 5, 2007
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I got this book for my husband for Christmas and he loves it. Not only does it have the most amazing photographs of actual snowflakes, but it gives more information than you ever thought to ask about snowflakes. My husband enjoys reading all kinds of field guides, whether it's about birds, trees, etc and this was one of his favorites.

If you are looking for something a little less informational, check out Ken Libbrecht's Little Book of Snowflakes. I gave that one out to teachers and friends and was enjoyed by all. It is more of a small coffeetable book with lots of amazing photographs.
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After making all snowflakes from the book 100 Snowflakes to Crochet: Make Your Own Snowdrift---to Give or to Keep, I wanted to learn more about real snowflakes, so I bought this book. There is a wealth of information in this book for the novice: the structure of snowflakes, how snowflakes are formed, the various elements that impact their formation, charts & information about the different classifications of snowflakes (they aren't just all feathery), and of course, dozens of clear, beautiful photographs of snowflakes. Having bought this book, I am now inspired to crochet some new snowflakes that aren't in my crochet book. So glad I bought this book.
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This is our first winter in Utah, after more than 20 years in Florida. This book was great for digging into the science behind different snowflake shapes. I also found the section on photographing snowflakes very helpful.
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I used this book to make a discovery gift for a child. I included a strong magnifying glass, a winter notebook, holiday pencils and hot coco to warm up after exploring snowflakes. This really is an amazing book and I have ordered it before. Excellent condition per the seller and I was as usual very pleased.
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I enjoyed the photos of individual snowflakes in this book. It's amazing to me how modern photography can show the beautiful structures of snowflakes so crisply and clearly. I loved seeing the snowflakes that had little points. It's the photographs that make this book so enticing.
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This book has the most incredible, beautiful photos of a very transitory subject. What fun!
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By Abyno on February 7, 2010
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Have you ever wondered why there are (supposedly) no two snowflakes alike? This book gives you all the answers.

If you love snowflakes, this is one (there are three) of the books for you! It is a very readable and fascinating study of what comes out of the sky in large flakes or tiny particles, the different parts of a snowflake, and the simple beauty of nature. I bought all three of Ken Libbrecht's snowflakes books and I love them all.
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This book is a great resource for the citizen scientists. I take kids out on winter snowshoe tours and use this book and a macroscope to explore the types of snow. We can also look at the weather report: temperature and relative humidity and predict the types of snowflakes we'll see: VERY COOL!
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