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Snowflake Bentley (original 1998; edition 2009)

by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, Mary Azarian (Illustrator)

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AnikaWalker's review
Great text to use for teaching INFERRING. "When Willie was seventeen his parents spent their savings and bought the camera". ( )
  AnikaWalker | Dec 6, 2011 |
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Summary:
This is the life of Wilson Bentley. When he was a young boy, living in Vermont, he was very fascinated by snowflakes. When his parents saved enough money, they bought him a camera. He loved taking pictures of many things in nature, but snowflakes were his favorite, because of how unique every one was. After a big storm that Bentley had been outside during to capture more beautiful pictures of the snowflakes, he caught pneumonia, and died a few short weeks later.
Personal Reaction:
This book is written in a very inspiring ways. As you find more out about his life, it encourages you to do what you want in life. With as little as he had, he made so much of it.
Extension Ideas:
1. Draw your own unique snowflake.
2. Study how a snowflake is formed.
3. Write a paragraph about something you are interested in that you want to stick with you as part of your legacy.
  alexis.smith | Jul 18, 2014 |
From an early age, Wilson Bentley was fascinated with snowflakes and wanted to share the beauty he had discovered with the world.

This endearing story of the life of Wilson Bentley, "The Snowflake Man," is beautifully told and is brought to life by the bright and colorful illustrations. ( )
  lbblackwell | Jul 13, 2014 |
The hidden theme in this book I think is enjoying something and pursuing it in a positive way. The passion in this book was snowflakes and viewing snowflakes in different ways. This is an important theme for kid's to make sure they follow what they like and there dreams. This book has very good pictures and that is why it won the Caldecott award. ( )
  AliciaFine | Jun 3, 2014 |
This biography tells the life story of Bentley, a poor boy living in farming country of Vermont. The part of Vermont Bentley lives in is cold and snows quite often. Bentley becomes fascinated with snowflakes and weather and eventually his parents save up enough money to buy a camera for Bentley. Bentley takes photographs of various nature items but finds that taking pictures of snowflakes is his favorite because of the unique qualities they have. As Bentley grows old he sells some of his work but mostly gives it away. Sadly, Bentley dies after getting sick during a bad storm. Now there is a memorial for Bentley in Vermont and his work is still famous today.
  Shoshanabrmsn | May 29, 2014 |
This is a wonderful and simple biography of Wilson Bentley. The pictures in this story the pictures are absolutely beautiful. This story is also very informative in an engaging way. It also has easy-to-read margins that tell facts about Wilson Bentley. For example “Willie’s mother was his teacher…” The main purpose of this story is to inform readers about Wilson Bentley’s life and accomplishments in an engaging way. ( )
  jsanfi1 | Mar 30, 2014 |
I liked this book for multiple reasons. One thing that I really liked about this story was the language. The author uses very descriptive language that shows how intrigued Willie is by snowflakes. She describes how Willie was catching single snowflakes and "studying the icy crystals" while other children were building forts and doing other typical snow activities. The author also states that Willie thought snowflakes were "masterpieces of design" and that "no one design was ever repeated". These descriptive observations portray the characters fascination with snowflakes. I also really liked the illustrations and other various text features in this story. For example, the writing on each page is on a side bar with a snowflake background which I found to be very appealing to the eye. The illustrations enhance this story by showing detailed facial expressions of the characters. For example, when Willie's father is listening to Willie talk about the camera that he wants, which would cost as much as his fathers herd of ten cows, you can tell by his facial expression that he is pondering the idea and considering getting Willie the camera even though it is extremely expensive. I think that these details allow the reader to really connect with the text and grasp a better understanding of the characters and how they are feeling. I believe that the big idea of this story is that it is important to pursue your passion and although it may not make you rich, it will make you happy. ( )
  kbarge1 | Mar 4, 2014 |
A really great picture book biography for children. Illustration done in a wood cut style that was folksy and nice. The story was pleasant and the historical side bar info was good for answering questions and adding more detail. Especially fun to read in the thick of the winter. After seeing much snow it is always fun to think about no two snowflakes ever being the same! ( )
  dms02 | Feb 27, 2014 |
"Snowflake" (Wilson) Bentley loved snowflakes and took pictures of them regularly with a magnifying camera. This picture book is a biography of the man, and a celebration of science and discovery. This already interesting book is made beautiful by the artwork of Mary Azarian who used woodcuts to create the prints used in the book. The book also includes pictures taken by "Snowflake Bentley". This is useful for reports, early STEM, and general reading.
  bdemontigny | Feb 18, 2014 |
Great piece of history! ( )
  lmeza | Feb 6, 2014 |
Caldecott winner, 1999
picture book story of Wilson Bentley, a farmer who discovered the ice crystals in snowflakes and how to photograph them.
  bp0128bd | Jan 24, 2014 |
Snowflake Bentley is a book about Wilson Bentley, a photographer who spent his career photographing and publishing snowflakes. The book shows the beauty of snowflakes (Caldecott Award) while simultaneously casting a light on Bentley's life. I like this book because of its beautiful illustrations and would want to use it in my teaching because it has such lovely pictures while also telling an interesting but simple life story. This book is suitable for Grades K-3 and could be taught with themes on nature, Caldecott winners, photography/photographers, or biographies.
  MadeleinePemberton | Dec 10, 2013 |
Wilson Bentley has a passion for snowflakes. He tried to convince people about the uniqueness of snowflakes, but people did not take him serious. He never gave up hope of capturing and showing the world the differences in snowflakes. His parents bought him a special camera to help him capture pictures of the snowflakes. Wilson Bentley never gave up and he showed the world the rare beauty of snowflakes.
  Future_educator | Nov 25, 2013 |
Snowflake Bentley is a picture book biography about Wilson Bentley, who loved snowflakes, but could not capture their beauty or convince people that they were all unique until his parents purchased him a special camera as a young man. People often misunderstood him and thought that he was strange, but nothing deterred him from his love of and natural curiosity about snowflakes. Mary Azarian's wood-cut illustrations beautifully portray the text outlining Bentley's life and love of nature.

In the classroom, this book would be great for the winter months, especially in a science lesson/unit about snow. Maybe students could even inspect or photograph snowflakes for themselves. This book would also demonstrate the value of all kinds of different interests and people. ( )
  Michaela.Bushey | Nov 22, 2013 |
A very informative and inspiring biography about W.A. Bentley, a man with a passion for snowflakes. The main idea focused on Bentley's obsession with snowflakes and his drive to capture snowflakes in their crystal form to show the world their beauty. This book showed what can happen when a person sets their mind on a goal and works hard to meet that goal. It also explores beauty and treasure from Bentley's perspective. ( )
  jthuro1 | Nov 20, 2013 |
Summary

A book about a boy who grew up loving snowflakes. It goes on to talk about how he discovers to take pictures of the snowflakes. It talks about how he went through the process of capturing a snowflake and trying to figure out how to take a pcture of it.

Personal Reaction

This would be a good book to show kids to never give up on their dreams. Bentley wanted to capture a picture of a snowflake and he did just that. It shows kids to always follow their dreams and never give up on them.

Classroom Extension Ideas

1. Learn more about snowflakes and what they are made out of.
2. Look up all the different pictures of real snowflakes and learn what makes each one so unique.
3. Have the students make their own snowflakes.
  JessShaffer | Nov 18, 2013 |
Wilson Bentley was obsessed with snowflakes. He tried different methods to get a closer look at them. Eventually his parents bought him a special camera. He worked diligently to find the best way to photograph snowflakes. He discovered that snowflakes were always six sided, but were never the same.
  n.oreilly | Nov 3, 2013 |
great story for child who want to learn about different shape of snowflake throught photograph.
this book come from Pierece College
age 5
  xiomaragrace12 | Oct 28, 2013 |
I liked the illustrations in this non-fiction book. They look as if they were drawn many years ago which is great because the book is about a man, Wilson Bentley, who lived many years ago. The book describes Wilson's many attempts to photograph snowflakes. Snowflakes were his passion. ( )
  malindahodgson | Sep 22, 2013 |
Interesting story of a man who studies snowflakes. ( )
  nancysauve | Jun 18, 2013 |
A young boy shows great interest in the science of snow and the formation of snowflakes. He begins to photograph the snowflake images and discovers an amazing thing; the differences in snowflakes. ( )
  rnelson12 | Jun 14, 2013 |
What a refreshing change to read a non-fiction Caldecott winner! I enjoyed learning about Wilson Bentley from this book, and the illustrations were really nice as well. ( )
  dukefan86 | May 29, 2013 |
Caldecott winner, 1999
picture book story of Wilson Bentley, a farmer who discovered the ice crystals in snowflakes and how to photograph them.
  Phill242 | May 6, 2013 |
Simply told, gorgeously illustrated story of a man's obsession with observing, capturing and sharing snowflakes. I had seen Bentley's photos before but never knew the story of his life. It's a delightful story, on that makes me want to read a full-length biography of the man. Beautifully done. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
Excellent for teaching about what scientists do and how the process works. Could be used as part of a unit on weather, seasons, etc.
  hcurrey | Feb 18, 2013 |
This informative book tells the story of Wilson Bentley who made astonishing progress in the science of capturing images of snowflakes and dew drops. This story helps readers understand the power of curiosity and the places curiosity can take you. The illustrations give the reader a sense of the rustic lifestyle Wilson Bentley grew up living and also helped the reader to picture some of the archaic items mentioned in the story. A story about a man who studied snowflaks has the potential to be rather dull but the combination Jaqueline Briggs Martin's writing style and Mary Azarian's artisitic skill makes this story an absolute delight to read.
  Lizziep | Feb 5, 2013 |
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