The Snowflake: A Water Cycle Story by Neil Waldman

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The Snowflake: A Water Cycle Story by Neil Waldman (Millbrook Press, 2003). Over the course of a year, a single snowflake embarks on a unique journey, and Waldman’s book gives its story month-by-month.

Through the journey, readers learn about water sinking into the Earth, water emerging in a mountain spring, water used for irrigation pipes, evaporation into a foggy sky, water through a thunderstorm, water passing through a fish,  and many, many pipes. In the end, the water in a droplet once again falls as a snowflake onto a frozen mountain peak.

The month-by-month story reinforces the cyclical nature of the water cycle: just as time on a calendar passes in a circle, so too does water in its many forms.

Reviewed on October 20, 2022

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Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

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