The Snowflake

A Water Cycle Story

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

With a double-page spread for each month, this book describes the journey of a single drop of water throughout the year.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books, Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Expository Literature, STEM, STEM: Earth Science
Copyright 2003
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2003-08-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF037080, JNF037070
Dewey 551.48
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 8.5 x 11
Lexile 660
Guided Reading Level M
ATOS Reading Level 3.0
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Reviewed



“This beautifully illustrated picture book follows a single droplet of water as it moves and changes throughout one year. With a double-page spread for each month, the story traces the droplet’s journey from snowflake to mountain pond to underground stream to river to irrigation system to cloud to reservoir to city water system to bathroom sink to drain pipe to cloud and back to snowflake. A few sentences of text on each spread comment on the droplet’s form, travels, and surroundings. More effective and memorable, though, are the subtle hues and varied compositions of Waldman’s paintings in this unusually handsome presentation of the water cycle.”

School Library Journal

“A beautiful take on the water cycle. Waldman traces the journey of a single drop of water throughout the year, with each month receiving its own spread. The real stunners here, though, are the dazzling, cool-tones paintings that convey the wonders of nature with delicate precision. A must for libraries and science classrooms.”
School Library Journal

The Horn Book Guide

“The inspired format and occasionally poetic text enliven and clarify a potentially confusing subject.”
The Horn Book Guide

Author: Neil Waldman

Neil Waldman's books have won the ALA Notable Award, the Parents Choice Award, the Christopher Award, the National Jewish Book Award, and many others. His jacket illustrations have appeared on seven Newbery Award winners, including Hatchet by Gary Paulsen and A Fine White Dust by Cynthia Rylant. Neil's titles include: The Starry Night, They Came From the Bronx, Out of the Shadows: An Artist’s Journey, America the Beautiful, and Voyages: Reminiscences of Young Abe Lincoln.