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Heat and Cold

Diamond in the Snow
by Jonathan Emmett, illustrated by Vanessa Cabban
(Walker Books)
A diamond in the snow - that's what Mole is convinced he's found when he takes a walk having emerged from his burrow to find the woods covered in a thick white blanket. But when he tries to take it home, the diamond disappears and his friends find him sad and empty handed. Hedgehog, Squirrel and Rabbit are unconvinced by his story until Mole shows them where he found his treasure. Looking up into the branches of the tree, they see hundreds of diamonds hanging there in the freezing cold and when the sun sets, the bejewelled tree truly sparkles and they are all entranced by the magical sight.
With freezing and thawing central to the plot, this picture book for young listeners and readers links to work on how materials change.
(reviewed by Jill Bennett)
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A Little Bit of Winter
by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
(Andersen Press)
When autumn comes, Rabbit is left alone while Hedgehog goes into hibernation. But Hedgehog leaves him a task - to save his friend a little bit of winter. Rabbit's resulting efforts to stop a snowball melting produce a delightful story which can be a good starting point for work on insulation and thawing as well as hibernation and winter in general.
Ages 3-7
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