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

Mark Cassino , Jon Nelson
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

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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


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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00651973E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,485 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A smart book for kids who like to learn December 13, 2009
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classroom Success 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Story of Snow 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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids love it! January 8, 2011
By K. Cox
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a Budding Scientist or Nature Enthusiast November 28, 2012
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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5.0 out of 5 stars I would give this 10 stars if I could! November 29, 2014
This is a wonderful book to read to your child of any age. My daughter is 3, and though it is a boit scientific and wordy for that age, she sits through the book very nicely, because it is so interesting. The author has taken true upclose photos of actual snowflakes and explains the science of how they form. It is neat even for an adult to read. There is even a little science project to try and get hands on experience- which yes we did. Now when it snows, my daughter doesn't just play in it, which would be fine, but she looks for actual snowflakes to inspect. It is wonderful to see her explore and discover. I would give this 10 stars if I could!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
My 8 yr old daughter loved it
Published 7 days ago by cfries
5.0 out of 5 stars A letter from the sky
Snow flakes are a natural wonder. This book explains how snow crystals are formed and how to capture these terrific crystals which hold their shape ever so briefly. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful pictures!
Beautiful book! The pictures are amazing. I used this when discussing weather with my second graders. It also was a great intro. to an art project with snowflakes.
Published 8 months ago by K. Stockhausen
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
great book REALLY awesome GREAT for kids I read it in school a lot of people liked it I didnt
Published 9 months ago by Killian's 12
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done
We used this short but informative book in our homeschool and two weeks later - we had snow to study!
Published 10 months ago by April S. Fields
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sotry of Snow
Came right away and was packaged properly so that it had no damage. Good book to keep in my science library at school.
Published 11 months ago by vivian basl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great info
There were awesome pictures and wonderful information on a child's learning level. We used it for school. I would recommend it for sure.
Published 11 months ago by kenneth cummings
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful.
Science is so cool. This book makes it simple to understand for little ones. Love the activity too. Can't wait for snow.
Published 14 months ago by Shawnti Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
This is a great non-fiction book about snow. I am a Kindergarten teacher and would recommend this book for all ages. It is interesting and provides valuable information. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Brian J Evangelista
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book!
This book gives a clear explanation of how snow forms. It is written in short simple sentences making it a good read aloud book for elementary students. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Patty Hunter
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