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Booklist - 09/15/2016 *Starred Review* A companion volume to Raindrops Roll (2015), this exceptionally handsome picture book offers a close-up look at snow. Crisp, concise phrases point out what happens before, during, and after a snowstorm, leading children from one idea to the next (freeze, cloud, snow, wind, sun, drips, slush) and ending with a sentence that echoes the beginning phrases. In the middle section, accompanying four large photos on two double-page spreads, these words relate to sunlight after a snowfall: “Air warms. / Snow softens. / It drip, / drip, / drips. / Snowmelt / forms / icicle / tips.” Elements of the text are sometimes slanted, curved, or arranged in ways that underscore their meanings. While the lyrical narrative alone could be read in a minute, the variety, intricacy, and beauty of the photos give viewers many reasons to pause and look closely at each striking image. Sayre has a well-deserved reputation for exceptional nature photography and dependable science writing for young children. The appended “Secrets of Snow” section presents additional information related to observations made within the book. Combining eye-catching photos and a spare, poetic text, Sayre’s latest informational picture book is uncommonly rewarding for one-on-one sharing and highly recommended for preschool and primary-grade units on snow. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 12/01/2016 PreS-Gr 1—Gorgeous photographs complement evocative and economic verse in this poetic exploration of the winter water cycle. Alliterative language flows and pulses in a rhyming progression: "Air warms./Snow softens./It drip, drip, drips./Snowmelt/forms/icicle tips." A perfect storytime or one-on-one selection; readers of all ages will want to snuggle up and settle in to appreciate this gem. - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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