The Power of Snow
by Bob Raczka
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Pub Date 03 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 31 Oct 2023
Lerner Publishing Group, Millbrook Press ™
On a snowy day . . . Two flakes play. Four flakes sashay. Eight flakes twirl. Sixteen flakes swirl. At this rate, how long will it take to surpass 100 snowflakes? How about 1,000? Or even 16,000?
Experience a snowstorm that brings together playful rhyming verse with the power of exponential growth! Bob Raczka's clever rhymes come to life in the dynamic illustrations of Bryony Clarkson. The artwork includes the precise number of snowflakes mentioned in the text, starting with 2 and ending with an astonishing 16,384!
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Average rating from 65 members
A clever, delightful combination of nature and math! I love this introduction to exponents and the sweet nod to the magic of a snowfall.
A simply gorgeous story book. A child will enjoy learning the principles of math. Back matter is included.
The Power of Snow is a gorgeously-rendered picture book that uses snowflakes to demonstrate and explain how exponents work. Illustrator Bryony Clarkson provided fantastic artwork and an accurate depiction of each number of snowflakes.
The book itself is a rather novel concept, and while I liked it, I did wonder at the potential disconnect between the age such storybooks tend to be geared toward, vs the age level that would be learning so much about exponents.
Thank you to author Bob Raczka, Illustrator Bryony Clarkson, NetGalley, and Millbrook Press for providing this ARC for review consideration. All opinions expressed are my own.
What a fun way to introduce kids to the concept of exponential growth! The visual aspects really hit home the mathematical concept and the art is beautiful and engaging. Your reader who enjoy a challenge will love spending hours seeing if they can find all the snowflakes.
Great way to teach math. I always struggled with math as a kid and even as an adult. This is a creative way to approach math and I loved the illustrations!
If I was a math teacher, particularly of lower grades, I would absolutely love to incorporate this into a lesson about exponents, especially during the winter time. I absolutely loved how the snow grew and grew and even though the multiplication and exponent concepts were way above my four year old's head he still loved the story and illustrations. Highly recommend for elementary math teachers and those with kids who are a bit older. A fun wintery read!
Math teachers are always looking for good books for their classrooms and I'm going to recommend this to everyone I see. I love how it's a counting book but by exponents. The illustrations were wonderful and the ending was really sweet. Thank you #netgalley for giving me a copy of #thepowerofsnow.
The illustrations in "the Power of Snow" are simply magical. I can already see this being a perfect read during blizzard days in February :). The text is geared toward primary grades, and the story is also introducing kids to exponents, which don't exactly match with the reading level of the text... yet, it will be perfect for little ones who love to learn math concepts above their grade level and challenge themselves to know more.
"The Power of Snow<" is a sneaky, sneaky math lesson, wrapped up in gorgeous illustrations on a winter day. Snowflakes play and twirl, flurry and swirl through the pages. I *love* the illustrator's note at the end about how she ensured the right number of snowflakes per page, and I guarantee that many a child will try and try to count them all.
I'm reminded a little of the picture book "The Doorbell Rang", which I checked out from the library over and over again as a child and which also (admittedly, a bit more stealthily) slides a math lesson into the pages. Kids who don't want to learn the math, or just aren't ready to think about exponential growth, can still enjoy the illustrations and rhymes, but this might spark a math interest for others.
Thanks to the author and publisher for providing a review copy through NetGalley.