Nonfiction Monday: The Story of Snow

It’s a perfect day to share The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder by Mark Cassino with John Nelson, PhD, illustrated by Nora Aoyagi. Outside my window the snowflakes are drifting to ground.

Maybe you aren’t interested in the science of snow. Maybe you just want it to be magical. That said, The Story of Snow is magical in how it tells the science behind this weather event.

The book combines bold larger text statements such as:

Snow begins with a speck.

The speck becomes the center of a snow crystal.

with smaller factual information that is kid friendly text and clear visual details over a two page spread. Nelson provides insight about how snow crystals form into snowflakes.

Cassino’s photographs of snow crystals are stunning.

As I shared this book with students they were mesmerized with the photos, the illustrations and information. I wonder if any of them have tried to capture snow crystals this weekend as demonstrated at the end of the book.

The book ends with a wonderful quote:

“A snow crystal is a letter from the sky.” – Ukichiro Nakaya, Japanese scientist (1900-1962). This book should be paired with Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin.

The Story of Snow has its own website HERE.

Title: The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder
Author: Mark Cassino with Jon Nelson, PhD.
Illustrator: Nora Aoyagi
Published: 2009
Pages: 23
Reading Level: K-3
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 978-0-8118-6866-2
Source: School library

Nonfiction Monday is held at The Swimmer Writer.

Happy Reading.