Fall 2023

The Power of Snow

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 4
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

On a snowy day . . . Two flakes play. Four flakes sashay. Eight flakes twirl. Sixteen flakes swirl. At this rate, how long will it take to surpass 100 snowflakes? How about 1,000? Or even 16,000?

Experience a snowstorm that brings together playful rhyming verse with the power of exponential growth! Bob Raczka’s clever rhymes come to life in the dynamic illustrations of Bryony Clarkson. The artwork includes the precise number of snowflakes mentioned in the text, starting with 2 and ending with an astonishing 16,384!

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Expository Literature
Copyright 2023
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2023-10-03
Text Type Poetry
BISACS JNF035030, JNF042000, JNF037080
Dewey 372.7/1
Dimensions 9.75 x 9.75
Guided Reading Level P
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Original artwork, Reviewed, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author: Bob Raczka

Author of the art appreciation series, Bob Raczka's Art Adventures, Bob Raczka studied both art and advertising in college. He has worked as an advertising writer for 30+ years, and has published more than 30 children's books. His work has received multiple awards including the Claudia Lewis Award for his first poetry book, Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys, and a Charlotte Zolotow Honor for Niko Draws a Feeling. Bob and his wife Amy have three grown children, Robert, Carl and Emma, plus two dogs, Penny and Pippa. He is based in Illinois.

Illustrator: Bryony Clarkson

Bryony Clarkson is a designer, Illustrator and collage artist. She studied textiles at Loughborough College of Art before studying for an MA at the Royal College of Art in London. She worked for many years as an embroidery designer for both fashion and interiors, as well as a design lecturer at Many UK art colleges. Now she specializes in children's book illustration, working with a mixture of cut paper collage and digital techniques to create magical worlds and quirky creatures. Bryony works in a studio in Oxford, UK.

Lerner eSource™ offers free digital teaching and learning resources, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaching guides. These guides, created by classroom teachers, offer short lessons and writing exercises that give students specific instruction and practice using Common Core skills and strategies. Lerner eSource also provides additional resources including online activities, downloadable/printable graphic organizers, and additional educational materials that would also support Common Core instruction. Download, share, pin, print, and save as many of these free resources as you like!

The Power of Snow

On a snowy day . . . Two flakes play. Four flakes sashay. Eight flakes twirl. Sixteen flakes swirl. At this rate, how long will it take to surpass 100 snowflakes? How about 1,000? Or even 16,000? Experience a snowstorm that brings… View available downloads →

The Power of Snow: An Interview with Author Bob Raczka

Snow and math. Both beautiful and overwhelming in their own ways, but when brought together they create the perfect picture book. The Power of Snow by Bob Raczka and illustrated by Bryony Clarkson introduces the concept of exponential growth with playful verse and intricate illustrations View →


Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

“A great book for the wintertime that can be used to explain what exponents are in math class as one can challenge the students to calculate each new equation on the page.”—Children’s Literature


“[T]his arrangement is a delightful, rarer find that jumps from simple counting to exponential growth.” — Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“Cool! Snow really has the power to wow—and teaches math, too.” —Kirkus Reviews

The Horn Book Magazine

“The beautifully textured illustrations create visual interest, while the snowflakes, a combination of smudge-style dots and the delicately articulated, folded papercut versions familiar from grade-school arts and crafts, offer a counting opportunity for budding numerophiles.”—The Horn Book Magazine