Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated., When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind.” Wilson Bentley
Snowflake Bentley, winner of the 1999 Caldecott winner, is the true story of Wilson Bentley who was the first to photograph snowflakes under a microscope revealing their intricate beauty and proving no two are alike. The author portrays Bentley as both a passionate lover of nature and a tenacious, inquisitive scientist.
This book is great to discuss elements of a biography, and point out how we can use the beautiful woodcut illustrations to further our understanding of the text and the life of Bentley. It is also a great book to pair with making paper snowflakes; an old-fashioned activity that withstands the test of time. Kids go absolutely wild for creating their own unique snowflakes, and I used a variety of step-by-step video tutorials on YouTube to model and demonstrate snowflake making for students. Their creations have been perfect additions as we begin to transform our library into a winter wonderland for the next few months. Enjoy free bookmarks by clicking here.