SNOWMAN - COLD = PUDDLE by Laura Purdie Salas

SNOWMAN - COLD = PUDDLE

Spring Equations
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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

“Equation poems” explore the science and poetry behind the processes of nature.

“I am in awe of the scientific processes that make sunsets, storms, and, of course, spring,” states Salas. Her volume begins with late-winter scenes in New England as “spring tiptoes in.” Each page is a pleasing mix of colorful tissue-paper collage art, equation poems, and a bit of lively exposition discussing the science behind the equations. “Riverbank + otters = playground” features otters at play and text stating that “In spring, otters slip and slide in the dirty, slushy snow. No mittens. No hats. Just messy, muddy, mucky fun.” A pair of brown-skinned siblings initially decked out in colorful winter garb are on hand in some scenes, their clothes changing with the seasons. The children’s sense of fun and wonder enhances each scene they are in. One particularly beautiful page offers “1 dandelion x 1 breath = 100 parachutes.” It appears opposite the “dusk + skunks = parade” equation, but happily, skunks are nocturnal, as the text informs readers. Not every equation adds up, though. Is “stampede” the best word in “stream + snowmelt = stampede!”? All in all, though, beautifully original art complements the fun of the playful poetry.

Poetry + art = beauty. (author’s note, illustrator’s note, further reading) (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)

Pub Date: Feb. 5th, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-58089-798-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Charlesbridge
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2018




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