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“Best in Snow”

Best in Snow
Author: April Pulley Sayre
Publisher: Beach Lane Books
Publication Date: October 2016
ISBN: 978-1481459167
Lexile Level: n/a

This simple picture book describes how snow rests over the landscape, forming and melting. It is beautifully illustrated with photographs of nature. The winter water cycle is outlined in short phrases and sentences, with an in-depth explanation in the last page for older children.

The book is beautiful—the pictures are stunning on their own. However, it is not an easy book to read aloud. The phrases are generally short enough that one would expect some sort of rhyming structure to hold the words together, but there’s not one. It feels like a book that is intended to be looked at more than read.

It’s hard to tell who this book is for. It’s too simple for children who will be old enough to understand what it’s talking about. Really, the words seem superfluous. It might be useful in climates where heavy snowfall is common, to help explain it to young children.

If you want a book with lovely photography, check it out. But I wouldn’t recommend it for purchase, or for story times.

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