Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs MartinSnowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Snowflake Bentley

byJacqueline Briggs MartinIllustratorMary Azarian

Paperback | December 28, 2009

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"Of all the forms of water the tiny six-pointed crystals of ice called snow are incomparably the most beautiful and varied." - Wilson Bentley (1865-1931)From the time he was a small boy in Vermont, Wilson Bentley saw snowflakes as small miracles. And he determined that one day his camera would capture for others the wonder of the tiny crystal. Bentley's enthusiasm for photographing snowflakes was often misunderstood in his time, but his patience and determination revealed two important truths: no two snowflakes are alike; and each one is startlingly beautiful. His story is gracefully told and brought to life in lovely woodcuts, giving children insight into a soul who had not only a scientist's vision and perseverance but a clear passion for the wonders of nature. Snowflake Bentley won the 1999 Caldecott Medal.
Jacqueline Briggs Martin is the author of many delightful books for children, including Banjo Granny and Chicken Joy on Redbean Road . She lives in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, and her web site is . Mary Azarian has also illustrated From Dawn Till Dusk and Here Comes Darrell . She lives in Vermont.
Title:Snowflake BentleyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 10 × 10 × 0.16 inPublished:December 28, 2009Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0547248296

ISBN - 13:9780547248295

Appropriate for ages: 4


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice little story I like this little story and found that it made my kids look at the snow around them with greater inter st. We used it as a springboard for a study about the different states of matter, crystals, and the water cycle. And art projects. Nice for a variety of age groups.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An example of perseverance This is a wonderful story to read to young children! The story demonstrates that following your curiosity and passion can lead to exciting discoveries. The children in my kindergarten class are always fascinated by the story of Willie Bentley and how he made an important discovery despite the many obstacles he came across. There are many additional details in the book that would make this book appealing to older students too! The book "Snowflakes in Photographs" are a great accompaniment to this book as it contains the photographs taken by Bentley so many years ago.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from experience the wonder This is the story of a a boy who loved snow. About a boy who wanted and did share his love of snow with the world. The true life story is told in the margins to help the adults to understand this man's passion, while the true story is told on each page with wonderful illustrations for the children. My children and I loved this book.
Date published: 2013-02-28

Editorial Reviews

A warm period look at a cold subject - snow - and one self-made scientist, Wilson A. Bentley, affectionately know as Snowflake. . . . The book exhibits a beautiful blend of Azarian's splendid woodcuts, a lyrical text, and factual sidebars. Bentley's dedication to his research is clearly evident, and the ridicule to which he was sometimes subjected is appropriately downplayed for a young audience. The illustrations, tinted with watercolors, depict the people, homes, meadows, and woods of turn-of-the-century Vermont countryside in accurate detail. Sources for the factual material are credited, and a final page features photographs of Bentley at work and three of his actual snowflake slides." Horn Book"Wilson Bentley was fascinated by snow, in childhood and adulthood, and, practically speaking, is the one who 'discovered' snow crystals, by photographing them in all their variation. As a youngster, he was so taken with these little six-sided ice crystals that his parents scraped together their savings to buy him a camera with a microscope. From then on, despite his neighbors' amusement, he took hundreds of portraits of snowflakes. As an adult, he gave slide shows of his work, and when he was 66, a book was published of his photos - a book that is still in use today. Martin chronicles Bentley's life and his obsession in a main, poetic text, but provides additional facts in careful, snowflake-strewn sidebars. . . . This is a lyrical biographical tribute to a farmer, whose love of snow and careful camera work expanded both natural science and photography." Kirkus Reviews"This picture-book biography beautifully captures the essence of the life and passion of Wilson A. Bentely. . . . The story of this man's life is written with graceful simplicity. . . . An inspiring selection." School Library Journal"