Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin Caldecott Winner

A perfect snow day book! Tells the story of William Bentley who studied water and specifically snow crystals his entire life.  When he was a teenager Willie's parents used all their savings to buy a special camera to allow Willie to capture images of snowflakes.  After much trial and error Willie took his first photographs of snowflakes and discovered each snowflake is unique. His extensive work with snow is still used by scientists today.  The beautiful wood-cut illustrations add to the magic of this engrossing non-fiction story.  At the end of the book several of Bentley's beautiful photographs are shown. After reading this book teach your kids how to make paper snowflakes, showing them that no two are ever the same.  Read up about snow crystals online.  Go outside and gather snow to investigate.

1 comment:

  1. National Geographic published some of his original photographs in 1904 - you can see them here: