I originally wrote this post when my girls were 8, 6, and 5, so please keep that in mind as you read my recommendation! They are much older now, so this would only be appealing to my current 4th grader. It would be a very easy read for her.
Today’s book – The Cool Story Behind Snow – was a very apprehensive purchase. It only received one review on Amazon (albeit 5 stars), and I’m always wary of books that don’t have a ton of reviews.
However, I am beyond thrilled that I purchased it, because it turned out to be one of the best books on the science of snow that I’ve read thus far!
I, admittedly, am not a huge fan of the graphics, but the content of the book overshadows my lack of enthusiasm for the pictures.
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The Cool Story Behind Snow
Author: Meteorologist Joe Rao
Illustrator: Dagney Downey
The Cool Story Behind Snow has many strong points that make me sing its praises. The first thing I noticed was that the book was written in chapters, so it’s easy to find a stopping point for the day. Also, chapter books always seem so “grown up” to my girls and are just fun to read.
This is quite a comprehensive book about the formation of snow. The author begins with introducing the water cycle in Chapter 1, and then moves on to Colliding Crystals in Chapter 2 to reveal how snow is actually formed.
It includes a wide variety of weather vocabulary words that my girls will love to learn. They like to learn new words, like their mama.
The book also touches on the difference between hail, sleet, and freezing rain. In addition, it introduces a snow storm and what makes it a unique weather event.
It is just a fascinating read that is perfect for my children.
Learning About the Science of Snow
There are a multitude of fantastic learning opportunities when studying the science of snow. Here are several for you to browse through:
★ Learn about the Life Cycle of a Snowflake with a free printable booklet.
★ Learn about the states of matter with this Snowman Science activity.
★ Find out how you can melt snow without using warmth, but a piece of wire!
★ Choose from one of these science experiments using snow.
★ If you have fresh snow, do this measuring snow experiment.
★ Learn how to classify snowflakes according to their shapes.
Make sure you don’t miss the other books about snow:
— Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening with learning activities
— Snowflake Bentley with learning activities