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Snowman - Cold = Puddle: Spring Equations

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  102 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Poetry + Math + Science = A new way of looking at spring

Math meets metaphor in this eye-opening exploration of spring. Each clever equation is a tiny, perfect poem that prompts readers to look at the ordinary and see the miraculous. Can you look at an egg in a nest and see a jewelry box? How are sunlight and heat like an alarm clock? Engaging sidebars reveal the science be
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by Charlesbridge Publishing
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These little spring equations set up a simple concept and then explain the science behind it, noting that science and poetry can go hand-in-hand: "Science is why and how a flower grows. Poetry is looking at that flower and seeing a firework." A great title for STEAM; backmatter includes author's note, illustrator's note, "When Spring Starts" according to different folks (meteorologists, astronomers, gardeners), and Further Reading.

The pictures are dazzling. Illustrator Micha Archer says that "T
Nedra Isenberg
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-lit
This would be such a fun book to read to children and have them begin noticing and writing their own equations! Now I’m off to find more books by this author. The illustrations were a delight and I was thankful the illustrator included a description of the techniques used to make them.
Brenda Kahn
Not all the equation poems in this book "add" up/ make sense. I would've written one or two slightly differently. But the form is a playful way of exploring seasonal science concepts. The illustrations are superb.
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Teachers and librarians, you will definitely want to add this to your poetry collections!
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Looking at this title always brings to mind Olaf from "Frozen" singing about snowmen in summertime. The author has created poetic word equations that are supported by oil and collage illustrations of spring scenes. Additional information is shared in smaller type so that the equations take center stage.

Here is an example from the first spread. "science + poetry = surprise!" is displayed against a snowy landscape with spring flowers peeking through. Below the equation readers see, "Science is why
February is the time for new books published, and Laura's book published last week is beautifully timed, because it follows the path to spring from melting puddles through later events, all the way to, well, you must read it to discover that end. In her author's note, Laura reminds us that we can live anywhere this time of year to discover the beginnings of the slide to spring. "You just have to notice." And notice she does, from "Big beaver + Big beaver = little beaver" to "1 dandelion x 1 brea ...more
Mar 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
As winter turns to spring, changes happen all around. Refreshingly, this book looks at those changes through a mix of poetry and science. In the first pages, the differences between poetry and science are pointed out in a way that makes perfect sense. Subjects like hibernation, streams, wildlife, maple syrup, flowers, wind, bees, and clouds are all explored. The poetry is entirely in equation form like the title, swiftly capturing the essence of something rather like a haiku but in an even brief ...more
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a genre bending poetry non-fiction picture book about science of spring. It uses a simple poetic form to calculate the appearance of spring. Each of the 24 equation poems offers a simple premise like the title “Snowman-Cold= Puddle” which begins a topic discussion about the science behind the equation. Also excellently arranged by early, middle and late spring, the season changes occur chronologically and the illustrations change from the melting snow to the explosion of dandelions and o ...more
*Read for Beehive Award Long List: Poetry Category*

As a book about nature and springtime and teaching kids what happens at the change of the seasons, this is a great book! The equations are a clever idea, the artwork is great, and the scientific asides are informative.

What I'm iffy about is whether this qualifies as a book of poetry. Most of the text in the book constitutes those scientific asides and none of it really indicates "poetry." In fact, it's easy to skip over the equations and just re
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classroom-use
What a wonderful book to use for poetry. Looking at science and how things work can be the impetus for different ways to express a process. The title in this situation looks at how the warming temperatures melt the snow and create more water from the earth. But looked at in a more poetic way, and using math of all things!, the idea of a snowman becoming a puddle because the cold has been taken from the air is like the shortest, yet wonderfully visual poem. This is something I'm going to try writ ...more
Mary Lee
As the author writes in the first spread,
"Science is why and how a
flower grows. Poetry is
looking at that flower and
seeing a firework. Surprise!"

This gorgeously illustrated book combines equation poetry and science to look with double lens at the wonders and surprises of the natural world through the seasons.
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such a fun way to look at math and nature and metaphor! A couple are a stretch but the whole concept is really clever. This would be a terrific writing prompt to use in a classroom, asking kids to create their own equations. So imaginative!

Micha Archer's oil and collage illustrations are wonderful too
Jenna Grodzicki
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book looks at spring with a new lens. Math equations and poems on each page explain why and how different things occur in nature during spring. The illustrations complement the text perfectly. Both will engage young readers. This is a must have for any elementary classroom.
Maria Caplin
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The power In wonder! Interesting facts woven into beautiful equations. Merging science, poetry and string vocabulary. Gorgeous illustrations. Excellent mentor text for science, creativity, writing and fun.
Tori Jimenez
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
AR level: 4.2
Lexile: 710L

The book combines science, math, and poetry to help students understand the changing of seasons and the many different aspects that come together to create Spring.

Traits: Ideas
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Words stand in for numbers in these inventive spring equations boosted by short explanations.
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very clever - poems in the format of equations, all about spring. The illustrations are beautiful, too. There are also brief bits of information on each page.
Love the punch and images the equation/poems give. The additional information also given in poem form is less poetic but still very interesting, the illustrations are lovely.
Mar 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Takes a look at springtime through poetry and science. Titles on each page are written as math equations.
Colorful illustrations support the information presented.
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!!!
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love a book that effectively combines poetry, math, and science! This one's a winner!
Julia Crainshaw
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Science + Poetry = surprise
Book + reader = wonder
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
A delightful weaving of science and poetry that will inspire readers to make their own equations anytime of the year!
Phaea Crede
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So clever and fun to read just the equations or the whole book. My kids AND I learned a lot :)
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
the why and how of science+ the portrait painted by poetry = a beautiful picture book for all ages
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ellie, jacob, mom
What a fun way to learn math and science and come up with your own word equations!...krb 2/23/20
Jo Oehrlein
May 20, 2020 rated it liked it
It's titled equations, but there's really no math.

This is all about spring and the various changes you'll notice outside.
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-a-day

Although observations of everything about our world through poetry is welcome any month of the year, the annual celebration of National Poetry Month in April is when poets, those who enjoy poetry and those who have yet to discover poetry can come together. The use of various poetic styles is showcased. The interplay of word choices and cadence penned using those various techniques gives the appearance of pure magic.

One poet whose work I've enjoyed for years is Laura Purdie Salas. This spring rea
I loved this collection of poetry and nonfiction nature science--and I did not expect to. Salas perfectly blends science and poetry, highlighting the way the two disciplines complement and support each other. The language of the poems is playful and imaginative. The factual content is clear without being at all condescending. The illustrations are vibrant and diverse in their human, animal and natural representations.

The author describes the book perfectly:
The equations in this book explore the
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Nonfiction Picture book. This book takes an interesting approach by making math problems about nature. The words and pictures show the wonders of winter turning into spring. Ex: Deer + tree = umbrella shows us how animals can seek shelter from the rain. This book is great to inspire wonder about everyday things and also to get the reader thinking: What word equations could I create?
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Laura Purdie Salas is the author of more than 130 books for kids and teens, including WATER CAN BE... (Millbrook, 2014), A LEAF CAN BE... (Millbrook, 2012), and BOOKSPEAK! POEMS ABOUT BOOKS (Clarion, 2011). She loves to introduce kids to poetry and help them find poems they can relate to, no matter what their age, mood, and personality.

Laura is a thinker, a cupcake and brownie addict, and an adve

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