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

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*Starred Review* Pairing particularly clear and engaging explanations with a mix of spare diagrams and close-up photos of snow crystals—all presented in an evocative gray-blue color scheme—this introduction to the white stuff will impart a solid understanding of how crystals and flakes grow in the clouds and how temperature and other factors on the way down further affect the marvelous diversity of their forms. Young readers expecting the customary array of lacy stars won’t be disappointed—but the dazzling and detailed close-ups also capture snow crystals in rarely seen shapes, from plates and columns to multilayered forms as complex as clockwork. 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. A perfect lead-in to Jacqueline Briggs Martin’s Snowflake Bentley (1998). Grades 2-4. --John Peters

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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.


Product Details

  • File Size: 7137 KB
  • Print Length: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC (October 21, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 21, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00651973E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #501,791 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
Perhaps you've heard of Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley and the magnificent work he did photographing snowflakes. Most people know at least one fact about them and that there are no two alike, but just how do these unique snow crystals form? Each snowflake "begins with a speck." These specks can be made up of many different things, including pollen, bacteria, salt, ash or bits of soil. These particles cannot be seen with the naked eye, but once "vapor sticks to the cold speck" and the process begins the end result can be seen.

In this book you will learn how these crystals are formed. Much of this process is dependent on things such as temperature, the amount of moisture in a cloud, and how fast the snow crystal forms. The most common snow crystal is the star-shaped one or dendrite ("tree-like"). Some of the crystals are shapes like plates (no arms), columnar, some have bumps, some are "twins" with twelve arms, and some are clumped. In fact, "hundreds or even thousands of snow crystals can be found in a single snowflake." If you are interested in knowing more about snowflakes and their basic science makeup, this book will fascinate you!

I was very interested in this book because I never really stopped to think about how snow crystals were formed. This book has a very nice set up and easily guides the reader through the "science" of snowflakes without becoming overly technical. Certain things that I especially liked were actual size depictions or dots of the crystals and microphotographs of them. The book is liberally illustrated with these photographs. In the back of the book is a nicely done section on "How to Catch Your Own Snow Crystals." What is the "magic number" for snow crystals? If you don't know, you might want to take a peek at this marvelous book!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline De Haan on December 13, 2009
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The Story of Snow is on my Christmas list this year. It's a book for children who like to learn about nature. Cassino, who has photographed snowflakes for several years, explains how snow is made and why each individual snowflake is different. He also teaches kids how to catch and photograph snowflakes. Never condescending, this book will be perfect for my science-oriented goddaughter. I heartily recommend it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Teacher! Teacher! on May 12, 2010
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Used with a fifth-grade unit on the states of water presented during winter, this book was a great way to extend a discussion of water crystals and to generate snow activities. It presents snowflake forms other than the common star students think of most often. The size comparison circles are a valuable way of demonstrating just how small parts of our world really are. I recommend it highly.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Mcclure on April 16, 2012
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I bought this to read to my 5 year old grandson on our Kindle Fire. The photographs of ice crystals and snowflakes were gorgeous, but most of the print was too small to read on the Kindle. Then I discovered an App for my iPad that allowed me to read Kindle books on the iPad. It solved the problem perfectly. In retrospect I would buy the hard copy of the book, or the iBook, and skip the Kindle version entirely. As a retired elementary teacher I am confident this book will be enjoyed by both children AND those who read to them.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Cox on January 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I wanted to read a short non-fiction picture book to my students to model and discuss how we monitor our understanding of what we read. I chose The Story of Snow by Mark Cassino, and my fifth graders LOVED it. They were excitedly asking questions from the first two pages, and we had great discussions about the information in the text. The text is makes the information accessible to young students, and the illustrations really help make the information easy to understand. I even heard the next day that several of the students went home and told their parents what they learned about snow. I'm definitely using this again next year!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Matyola on December 27, 2009
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This is a wonderful book, full of fantastic images and interesting facts about the science and appearance of snow crystals. Ideal for all ages, especially grade school students. Very highly recommended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mary Milton on November 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful book, and it can be read aloud to kids of many different ages. There is a big line of text on each page that is simple and accessible for really young (preschool) kids, then there is a paragraph of explanation that is good for early elementary. Finally the captions take it to the next level for middle elementary kids. I really like this book and consider it a great teaching tool and a great wintertime gift as well!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By julesandmetv on January 26, 2015
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The Story of Snow is one of Julien's favorite books. Not only does this book contain stunning pictures of dozens of snow crystals, but it also explains the creation of snow in ways that will engage children young and older. The entire life of a snow crystal, from creation to withering, is included in the book with special emphasis placed on the uniqueness of all crystals and the imperfections that we are likely to see. The easy to read text and great imagery make this book special, and the final page about how to catch and observe crystals will allow kids to try out what they have learned on a snowy day. Check out more of Julien's reviews on his Youtube channel - julesandmetv and follow us on twitter @julesandmetv
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