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The Snow Show: With Chef Kelvin    by Carolyn Fisher order for
Snow Show
by Carolyn Fisher
Order:  USA  Can
Harcourt, 2008 (2008)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

The premise of this educational book is to teach children the science behind how and why it snows, but it is no ordinary picture book. The Snow Show is presented as a television cooking show, hosted by Snow White with co-hosts Chef Kelvin and Jack Frost. They take the studio audience to the North Pole where they cook up some snow.

Just like in a recipe, the reader learns what ingredients are necessary for snow to occur, followed by the directions for making this fluffy and cold substance:

'First warm some water with sunshine.
Watch as the water turns from liquid to invisible water vapor in the air.
Fly the water vapor high in the sky.
Reserve some vapor for later use.
Then chill the rest until it turns into
Floating drops of water or ice.
The bunches of floating drops are called ...

Interspersed throughout the book are funny sidebars with comments from the characters and the audience, along with delightful, larger-than-life illustrations.

The book employs a very smart concept: it makes learning so enjoyable and subtle that kids (and even adults) may not even realize that this book is educational. The Snow Show works on so many levels that it would be perfect for either a home or an elementary school library.

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