Jon Nelson

Science & Wonder of Snow

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

by Mark Cassino with Jon Nelson

Nonfiction, Science

Ages 8 & up, 36 pages

This is a wonderful book for all ages to understand in clear language about how exactly snow forms. It’s a process that occurs at a miniature  scale, so our eyes don’t witness the wonder. The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder provides snow crystal photographs, diagrams about the steps to become a snow crystal, and how to catch your own snowflakes in the correct conditions. The book clearly explains the snow formation process without being too confusing. After learning about the science of snow, I wished that it was cold and snowy to catch snowflakes. Sadly, I had no snow. This book is a great addition to an earlier book review about Wilson Bentley who learned how to photograph snow in the 1880s in the book Snowflake Bentley. The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder was recognized by the National Science Teacher’s Association in 2010.

Would you like to catch your own snow crystals? Here are some steps to help you see beautiful snow crystals. I haven’t personally tried this, but let me know if your results are successful.

Supplies: 
– Dark & stiff cardboard or foam
– Magnifying glass 
 
Directions: 
1. Put the cardboard of foam outside for at least 10 minutes before trying to catch snow. The board must stay cold and dry. 
2. Hold the board by one edge so that it is flat. Position yourself so that only a few snowflakes fall on the board. 
3. Examine smaller bits of snow to see individual snow crystals. Use the magnifying glass. 
4. Keep trying and make sure the board remains cold. 
 

 

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