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

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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.
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published October 7th 2009 by Chronicle Books
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I love snowflakes (but, as I now know after reading this book, I should call them "snow crystals") and this is a wonderful introduction to the science behind snow for children and, I think, adults, too. The illustrations are mostly photographs of snow crystals and they are exquisite. I think snow crystals are one of the most beautiful things in nature and I absolutely love the variety and that no two are alike. The text is pleasant, accessible and informative without being too dry (or trying to...more
Lisa Vegan
I am a science nerd, though not a very well educated one. So, this book thrilled me. All throughout the book there are photographs of actual snow crystals (magnified of course.)

The book tells in detail how snow crystals form, and I found the information fascinating. At the end, there’s a project about how to catch your own snow crystals, which could make for a fun and educational activity.

I also highly recommend the book Snowflake Bentley. Reading the two books at about the same time would all...more
I WOULD GIVE THIS BOOK ****** SIX STARS IF I COULD. Everyone that lives where it snows or might snow should have this book, it explains everything so easily and even tells you how to catch snowflakes!
Crystal Marcos
I read The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter's Wonder to my daughter today and it surprisingly held an 18 months old attention most of the book. I loved the book and I do enjoy learning. A perfect read for this time of year. I can't wait to get out and check out the next snow fall. The book explains how to see snow crystal's at their best. Seeing as how I live in WA state it is always iffy around here whether or not we will see snow. I am crossing my fingers! I want to share what I learned wi...more
Mar 06, 2011 Marcia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: science, Grades k-6
What is more beautiful than a snow crystal? Stunning photography combined with easy to understand science explains how snow is formed in this terrific book. A perfect companion book to Snowflake Bentley, and a great addition to a study of winter or the water cycle.
Melba Deoleo
This book teaches us about snow and how it all comes to be, it talks about how snow forms and the shapes that it can take. It also lets the reader know that no two snowflakes are alike, which is something that kids would find interesting. Crystals and flakes are formed in the clouds with things like temperature and other factors affecting the shape that they take on their way down. The book is filled with great images that catch the readers attention. I would use this book as a part of teaching...more
Yusra Faridi
The Science of Winter’s Wonder: This book is all about snow; how it forms and what shapes it can take on. It talks about the different things that affect the formation of snow crystals, such as temperature and the amount of moisture in the air. A lot of people have a common perception of snowflakes but have no idea that crystals can take on a variety of different shapes. This book does a great job at discussing and describing the full process of how snowflakes form, yet it is not too complicated...more
1.Audience: this book is colorful and fun. This book has large print and sentences start in bold with a key fact. It is easy to follow and is pretty short. All of this makes an excellent choice for 2-4th graders.
2.Appeal: The book has watercolor and ink pictures along with real life pictures take by the author. This grabs the attention of the students. The author also follows the snow in a full journey of its “life.”
3.Activity: For my activity I would read the book in the winter and discuss sn...more
Hannah Jefferson
This is an informative, gorgeous book. The author is a professional art photographer of snow crystals among other elements of nature, and he was aided in writing the book by a Ph. D physicist.

I am twenty years old and this book taught me many things about snow I never knew before because, well, they don't teach it in school! Among these things were the different types of snowflakes, the reasons why these different types of snowflakes form, and general pattern all snowflakes follow being born. Th...more
Caroline Petrow

The Story of Snow by, Mark Cassino

Description: This is a sequential informational book about how snow is made. It goes through the process, starting with the formation of clouds and ending with what happens with snow when it lands on the ground. It also provides some fun activities to do with snow at the end of the book.

Mini Lesson: Sequence - this book is ideal for teaching children how to sequence events or facts. It uses sequential words such as before long, often, and soon. It also provides...more
Kirsten Swanson
This book is beautifully illustrated with real photographs of snowflakes, and teaches why snow crystals have 6 sides, what the different shapes of snow crystals are as well as how they form, and what is the difference between snow flakes and snow crystals. The last two pages teach how to observe snow crystals on your own.

It's about right for 2nd graders with help, and interesting to everyone at any older age as well.
Joanne Zienty
So you think you know everything there is to know about snowflakes? Well, heat up some cocoa, nestle down in your favorite easy chair and get ready to learn more -- maybe even everything you always wanted to know about the flakes from above but were too busy catching them on your tongue to ask. By the end of The Story of Snow by Mark Cassino, you'll be wishing for a blizzard so you can follow the instructions he provides for catching and viewing snow crystals.
Ever wonder just how snow crystals...more
Many know that each snowflake is singular, but did you know that the water content and temperature of a cloud is responsible for this? Fun facts like this fill this book full of dazzling close-up photos of snowflakes.

A mixture of narrative and informative text tracks the formation of each crystal, and details all the different types. As an extra, the back includes instructions on catching these delicate structures.
Cassino, M. & Nelson, J., Ph.D. (2009). The story of snow: the science of winter’s wonder. San Francisco: Chronicle Books.

Category: informational picture book

This book takes the reader from a tiny particle of dirt, ash, or salt to the beautiful, delicate snow crystals that fall from the sky. It describes and illustrates all the different shapes a snowflake can take. It even includes directions for catching your own snow crystals. The photographs of actual snowflakes are amazing.
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I really enjoyed reading this book and getting to see both the drawings and photographs of the different kinds of snowflakes. It was simply and is a great read for any age group that wants to learn a little more about snow. I think it could be paired with a more hands on experiential method of learning about snowflake and even explains how you can catch your own snowflakes.
A beautifully illustrated (with photos and artwork) nonfiction book that explains how snow crystals are formed and the difference between crystals and snowflakes, plus shows how you can capture your own snow crystals to examine. - Brittin (RPL)
This was really cool and the pictures of actual snow flakes were very pretty. I think it would be good for kids around 3rd-4th grade. It explained how snowflakes form and why they look like they do. It also covered the different varieties of snow and approximate conditions for their formation. I appreciated the actual photographs and actual size comparisons. I know my kids learned something, and so did I. From now on we'll only be cutting six-sided snowflakes for decorations. ;)
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Mark Cassino writes an informative book about how snow crystals form. I learned a few things like snow crystals form six sides because water molecules attach to each other in six-sided rings. We can see clouds when sunlight reflects off the water droplets. Snowflakes are made up of clumps of snow crystals. It almost makes me wish that I lived where it snowed...almost. The book is filled with magnified snow crystals that are beautiful and spectacular. In a few cases, the author shows how small th...more
This book introduces snowflakes in a very unique way; as crystals. This book will inspire the reader to want to go out and find a few snowflakes of their own.

Snow is a major part of the winter season, and students will make connections when learning about the different seasons. Talking about weather in the seasons students will be fascinated to learn how snow is formed. This would be a great book to use in a geometry section when learning about symmetry as well. The last few pages of this page t...more
Has beautiful photographs of snowflakes as well as great descriptions of how they're formed, and how they're not all actually perfect.
This is a perfectly put together non-fiction picture book. The book does an excellent job of describing how snow crystals are formed and the different types of crystals. There are simple diagrams to accompany the text that really help the reader. There are beautiful photographs of snow crystal that also have captions with further explanations. There is no table of contents or chapter titles, but the author clearly defines different sections with headings or a bold sentence. At the end there is a...more
Abby Johnson
Snow is cold and falls from the sky and it's made up of snow crystals... but how do snow crystals form? What do they look like? And why do they make the shapes they do?

The Story of Snow answers these questions with basic information about how snow forms and gorgeous photographs of snow crystals. Kids and adults alike will be fascinated by the images and inspired to take a closer look at the snow falling this winter. Pair it with Snowflake Bentley for your units and programs on snow this winter....more
Jess Brown
What a cool book! I sat staring at the photographs of ice crystals for a while--they're so mesmerizing, and hopefully would be to a child, too! The Story of Snow does a really nice job of explaining how snow (ice crystals) come to exist. Each page includes a bit more complicated explanation of things, so those who are more curious or have an education appetite can learn even more. In that way, it is readable by a younger and an older child. The photographs alone make this an extremely valuable b...more
Faith Hough
A beautiful introduction to the science of snow that has reawakened my minor obsession for snowflakes. :) Its text is most appropriate for the 5-7 range, but it can still be appreciated by those as young as 2 (it was, in this house) and adults as well.
Angie Shere
The beautiful science of snow. I found myself fascinated and in even more awe of the story behind snow. Great book to read with kids in the winter.
An up close look at snow crystals and the many different forms they take. Text explains the conditions under which different types of snow crystals form and numerous photos give readers examples of many beautiful shapes and designs.

Great for classroom use, this read aloud nonfiction book pairs well with your favorite snow stories and with Snowflake Bentley by Martin. Grades 2-5.

Cassino, Mark., & Nelson, Jon. The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter Wonder. San
Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2007. Nonfiction.

This nonfiction book presents the science of snow in a way that is attention grabbing. There are many beautiful illustrations that made the concepts easier to understand, along with excellent word choice. The reader has the option to go through the book and read the main facts of how snowflakes form, or linger on the page and take in extra details that litter the...more
This is a wonderful, clear book about snow -- how the crystals are created, the different shapes they make, and how they join together to create snowflakes. It is not a very long book; there is not more than one or two paragraphs of text per page. It is the perfect length to relate the structure of snowflakes to children. The photographs of the snowflakes are excellent and the diagrams are detailed. The ending of the book shows children how they can "catch" snowflakes so they can see their desig...more
This is a wonderful book to read to children who are curious about snow or who may be learning about weather or snow. It breaks down the steps it takes to create snowflakes and informs the reader of the different types of snowflakes that can form in a child friendly manner. This is not a book that I would typically choose to read for entertainment because it's mostly informational. As a result I don't recommend if for children seven and younger because it may not be developmentally appropriate.
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