Monday, November 10, 2008

The Snow Show: With Chef Kelvin

The Snow Show: With Chef Kelvin
by Carolyn Fisher
Harcourt, 2008
review copy provided by the publisher

Carolyn Fisher got the memo that science should be fun. 

The Snow Show is a TV cooking show and the reader is in the audience for the episode where they make snow. As with any recipe, you start with your "ingredients: (available in your better latitudes) sun, water, wind, specks of dust, heat, cold." Next, the directions take you through the water cycle, the formation of snow crystals, and the assembly of a snowman, all with illustrations that explain and entertain.

Along with the fun, the reader gets a giant helping of great vocabulary, like (new one to me) DEPOSITION -- when vapor turns to ice without turning into a liquid, and some scientific equations for phase changes, like the one for freezing: liquid - heat = solid (ice). 

A must-have for your weather unit. Especially this time of year!

Here is Carolyn Fisher's website, where you can get a free activity kit to go with THE SNOW SHOW. The activities range from easy to expert -- from seasonal to scientific.


  1. Anonymous5:29 AM

    Sounds like a fun book!

  2. Awesome... I ordered this book for our library and it's great to see another positive review! Thanks for posting!

  3. Thanks for this--sounds great. And I promise, when I'm a media specialist--that I'll endeavor to post more reviews. I always figure everyone else is already doing it, but you can probably never have enough book reviews. Just like what CS Lewis said about cup of tea and books never being big enough...

  4. What great fun!! I love that nonfiction can be fun!

  5. We love this one too. Such sneaky, fun non-fiction (and Carolyn is Canadian!)


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