Snowman - Cold = Puddle

Snowman - Cold = Puddle

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Coming February 5, 2019. Preorder now!

By Laura Purdie Salas / Illustrated by Micha Archer

Poetry + Math + Science = A new way of looking at spring

Math is all around us, and in this clever and enlightening picture book, readers see how math, nature, and poetry intermingle and collaborate...well, naturally. Each clever equation is a tiny, perfect poem that prompts readers to look at the ordinary and see the miraculous. Can you look at an egg in a nest and see a jewelry box? How are sunlight and heat like an alarm clock? Engaging sidebars reveal the science behind the signs of spring. 

Blow them away with beauty, math, poetry, and the interconnectedness of all things.

Look Inside the Book:

Snowman - Cold = Puddle spread

Author & Illustrator Bios:

Laura Purdie Salas, author

Laura Purdie Salas is the award-winning author of more than one hundred books, including If You Were the Moon, A Rock Can Be, and Water Can Be (Millbrook Press). She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Micha Archer, illustrator

Micha Archer is the author and illustrator of Daniel Finds a Poem (Nancy Paulson Books), as well as the illustrator of The Wise Fool, Lola's Fandango (Barefoot Books), and Around The World in a Bathtub. She lives in western Massachusetts. 

Awards & Honors:

Coming Soon!

Editorial Reviews: 

Kirkus Reviews

"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.


ISBN: 978-1-58089-798-3

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Ages: 4-8
Page count: 32
11 x 8 1/2

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