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Snowflake Bentley


Snowflake Bentley

by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Houghton Mifflin Company

From the time he was a small boy, Wilson Bentley thought of the icy crystals as small miracles. He determined that one day his camera would capture for others the wonder of the tiny crystals. Bentley's enthusiasm for photographing snowflakes was often misunderstood in his time, but his patience and determination revealed two important truths about snowflakes: first, that no two are alike and second, that each one is startlingly beautiful. His story, gracefully told by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and brought to life in Mary Azarian's lovely woodcuts, gives children insight into a soul who had not only a scientist's vision and perseverance but also a clear passion for the wonders of nature.


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Before you read: Have you ever looked closely at a snowflake? What did you see? What is a snowflake made of?

After you read: Why do you think Willie Bentley was having difficulty studying the snowflakes? The author told us two stories in this one book. How did she do that? Why did she tell us two stories about Snowflake Bentley?


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