Friday, January 4, 2013

It's Snowing!

It's Snowing! by Gail Gibbons, 2011 is a picture book about snow. One of the first things I noticed was that it is a fact book with cute illustations of children enjoying the snow instead of real-life pictures you might find in many other non-fiction books.

Gibbons describes how snow is formed and where it comes from. She includes maps and shows that snow falls on all seven continents. She explains the difference between snow flurries, sleet, snowstorms and blizzards. And of course she includes many of the ways to enjoy and play in the snow.

"Meteorologists often warn about dangerous conditions when a snowstorm or blizzard is approaching. People are told to stay at home. Schools and businesses may close. After big storms there is a lot of work to be done. Snowplows push snow off the roads and highways. Walkways are shoveled."

The age-range for this book is geared more towards lower elementary-age (K-3rd grade.) Although some of the language (as shown above) seems simplistic, there are many split sections with deeper descriptions, maps and definitions. Although it is a picture book, it is much more advanced than a preschool-level.

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