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Snowman - cold = puddle : spring equations
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9781580897983
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Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, [2019]

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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm
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"A unique take on spring in a series of eye-opening equations. Whether it's breeze + kite = ballet or nest + robin = jewelry box, each equation prompts readers to pause and think about spring in unexpected ways. As a child in the art welcomes the change of seasons, sidebars provide more information about the science behind the signs of spring."-- Provided by publisher.
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Summary

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

Math meets metaphor in this eye-opening exploration of spring. 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.


Author Notes

Laura Purdie Salas knows that poetry and science are both about exploring the world. Part poet and part scientist, Laura 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. She experiences spring, summer, fall, and winter in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Salas posits that fully experiencing the seasons means looking through the lenses of both scientific study and art: "science + poetry = surprise!/ Science is why and how a/ flower grows. Poetry is/ looking at that flower and/ seeing a firework. Surprise!" In the early spring, "warmth + light = alarm clock." Salas explains that "hibernating animals wake up when spring days/ grow warmer and stronger." Elsewhere, "bark + beak = drum." The beak belongs to a woodpecker tapping against a tree "to claim its territory/ or attract a mate." Archer's torn paper collage and oil art offers sharp contrast in visual textures and colors. A bright, feathery blue and green river flows past a yellow riverbank; above lies the white of the melting snow. Elsewhere, child characters play and explore outdoors, one boy climbing a tree to the sound of frog songs ("frogs + night = symphony"). Nature, the book suggests, offers abundant surprises to those who take the time to notice. Ages 4-8. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Horn Book Review

This whimsical celebration of spring-time features a playful equation poem on every page. Take the titular snowman cold = puddle. Its a subtraction sentenceminus the usual numbersand a brainteaser, too. To help flesh out the math, a brief paragraph explains that when spring temperatures rise above freezing, snow melts into water. Sad news for snowmen! On each new double-page spread, equations are again paired with a few sentences that are always informative and often lyrical: Lilac blooms are springs perfume; Raindrops bend sunlight. For the equation hive + bees bees + bees = airport, Salas describes the behavior of scout honeybees: Bees fly out. In. Out. In. Out. In. You could get dizzy watching busy bees! Its lively language that begs to be read aloud. Tracing the seasons changes from early to mid to late spring, Archers collage illustrations are rich with texture and detail. In a rain-streaked scene, a girls hair beads peek out from under her yellow rain hat, offering a glimpse of a rainbow. Toahemsum things up, this picture-book blend of math, science, and poetry welcomesand explainsthe hallmarks of spring with effortless ebullience. Author and illustrator notes, a description of different ways to define the start of spring, and further reading suggestions are appended. Pair this with Betsy Francos Mathematickles! (rev. 7/03). tanya d. auger March/April 2019 p 104(c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

From Salas' point of view, science + poetry = surprise! Celebrating the natural world as winter turns to spring, this unusual volume offers a poetic equation on each page, accompanied by a vivid illustration and several short sentences of related text. A snowy scene depicting a downy woodpecker on a maple tree illustrates the statement bark + beak = drum, while a short paragraph comments that this bird is hammering at the tree to find bugs, though it might use faster drumming in the spring to assert its territory or attract a mate. Sometimes the writing takes a more lyrical tone, as in the frogs + night = symphony page, where the text likens a chorus of different frog species to an orchestra and ends with Bullfrogs honk low and loud on their watery trombones. Created with a variety of traditional media and digitally arranged, Archer's detailed, vibrant collages reflect a sense of wonder, while clarifying the literal meaning of each equation and its commentary. A handsome, original book for reading aloud each spring.--Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2019 Booklist


Excerpts

Excerpts

BIG beaver + BIG beaver = little beaver Happy birthday! Many baby animals are born in spring. A newborn beaver kit weighs less than a loaf of bread. A spring birthday gives it plenty of time to grow and learn survival skills before winter comes.  talons + pond = fast food In spring, bald eagles that wintered down south fly north again. On their way to the northern United States and Canada, they swoop down to scoop up tasty fish dinners. Excerpted from Snowman - Cold = Puddle: Spring Equations by Laura Purdie Salas All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.