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by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and illustrated by Mary Azarian
Reviewed by Riley
Wilson A. Bentley showed interest in snowflakes even as a young child. This 1999 Caldecott winning book written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin follows his amazing life story. Mary Azarian’s illustrations convey the mood of the story with realistic details and cool, wintery colors.
Wilson Bentley was the very first man to capture pictures of snowflakes. His life story is almost as elaborate as the beautiful snowflakes he took pictures of. In the story, we learn he is a fantastic scientist who took over 5000 photos in his lifetime (1865-1931). He made one of the greatest snowflake discoveries: No two snowflakes are alike. Many people thought they had to be all the same until he looked closer. This is a moving winter story with an amazing man as the main character and an exciting winter read.
I loved this book because it is a wonderful biography and also captures the drama and uniqueness of winter. This book was read to me in 5th grade. That winter, I noticed the differences in snowflakes myself during a winter snow storm. This book will be great for classrooms and for sparking other children’s imagination and observations of snowflakes.
Riley – writer of Future Fanatics in Fashion blog RileyGrass.blogspot.com
Thank you, Riley! I love this and your blog!