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Snowflake Bentley (original 1998; edition 1998)
by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, Mary Azarian (Illustrator)
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin (1998)
Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0395861624, Hardcover)Most children are captivated by snow, but how many go on to make it their lifework? This beautiful biography, winner of the 1999 Caldecott Medal, tells the true story of a Vermont farm boy who was mesmerized by snowflakes. Wilson Bentley was fascinated by the six-sided frozen phenomena, and once he acquired a microscope with a camera, his childhood preoccupation took on a more scientific leaning. Bentley spent his life taking countless exquisite photographs (many that are still used in nature photography today), examining the tiny crystals and their delicate, mathematical structures. Jacqueline Briggs Martin tells this tale with simple, graceful prose that will engage children's imaginations. Edifying and snowflake-scattered sidebars offer more information about Bentley's methods and snowflake science. The artwork of Mary Azarian, whose 19th-century hand-press illustrations decorate the charming Barn Cat, shines once again in Snowflake Bentley, with woodcuts that reveal an appreciation for detail as well as for the man who loved snow. The lovely illustrations and equally fresh text will inspire and comfort youngsters (and grownups too) who wish they could capture snowflakes all year long. (Ages 4 to 8) --Brangien Davis
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:08:12 -0400)
A biography of a self-taught scientist who photographed thousands of individual snowflakes in order to study their unique formations.
(summary from another edition)
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