Snowflake Bentley

by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
illustrated by Mary Azarian

A stunningly illustrated picture book biography about a Vermont farm boy named Wilson Bentley who loved snowflakes and spent hours taking thousands of photographs that reveal the beautiful structure of each tiny flake.

Martin captures Bentley's passion and dedication in text that is infused with wonder, and the beautiful woodcut illustrations are a perfect complement to the story.  This title is perfect for wintry days, especially given all the interesting facts about snowflakes that are sprinkled throughout, this increasing the educational value of this fine book and making it a perfect lead in to any snowflake craft activity.

Awards Won
 - Caldecott Medal 1999
 - American Library Association Notable Children's Book 1999  
 - National Science Teachers Association Outstanding Science Book 1999

Reading Levels
Interest Level: K-Gr. 2           DRA Level: 30                   Lexile Measure: 830L
Grade Equivalent: 4.1          Guided Reading: N

See inside
Here are a few sample pages from inside Snowflake Bentley. Mary Azarian's woodcuts are tinted with watercolors and charmingly evoke life in rural 19th century New England. They are also fittingly detailed for a book about a man who loved the intricate details he found in nature.

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