The Story of Snow (Hardcover)

The Science of Winter's Wonder

By Mark Cassino (Photographs by)

Chronicle Books, 9780811868662, 36pp.

Publication Date: October 7, 2009

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (9/5/2017)

List Price: 16.99*
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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.

About the Author

Mark Cassino is a fine art and natural history photographer. He lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with his wife, Pam, and their two cats.

Jon Nelson is a teacher and physicist who has studied ice crystals and clouds for more than 15 years. He lives near Kyoto, Japan.

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

With never a hint of hyperbole, the authors communicate such a contagious sense of wonder that few readers will be able to resist following the final pages\\\' simple directions for constructing a handheld snowflake observation stage and rushing outside at the first sign of snow in hopes of taking a closer look at one of nature\\\'s most beautiful and ubiquitous phenomena.

Along with Snowflake Bentley, Jacqueline Briggs Martin\'s charming 1998 biography of the Vermont photographer who documented the uniqueness of snowflakes in the 19th century, this book will instill appreciation for these tiny, cool objects.

Libraries in areas where snow falls will definitely want to add this title to their collections, but it would enhance lessons on weather anywhere.

The clear and direct narrative takes readers into the clouds to explain snow-crystal formation...and then zooms in on the actual crystals. Sure to get young scientists outside in the cold, particularly as it helpfully includes crystal-catching instructions.

Thought you knew it all about snowflakes? Settle down in a comfy chair, and prepare to revise your inner database....By the end, you\'ll be hoping there\'s a day when you can follow the careful directions for catching and viewing snow crystals.

Nature photographer Cassino\\\'s galley of snow crystals is the sort of riveting exhibition that will have eyes locked to the pages, mesmerized by the intricate forms themselves and the \\\'How did he do that?\\\' wonder at Cassino\\\'s technique of capturing images of these ephemeral delicacies.