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Snowflake Bentley

Snowflake Bentley

1999 Picture Books
Ages: 6 - 9 yrs.
Author: Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Illustrator: Mary Azarian
ISBN: 0-395-86162-4
Hardcover Price: $16.00
This remarkable biography--noteworthy in its unusual subject, its moving telling and its beautiful, hand-tinted woodcut illustrations--is the life story of Wilson Bentley. He was nicknamed "Snowflake" because of his lifelong obsession with snow crystals and his dream of capturing their evanescent beauty through photography. Entirely self taught both as a photographer and naturalist, Bentley achieved his dream. With the help of his mother and father, who spent their savings to buy him a camera with its own microscope, he worked, from age 17 on, to perfect his photographic technique. Many colleges bought lantern slide copies of his remarkable photographs, and scientists eventually raised money so that Bentley could gather his best photographs in a much-admired book Snow Crystals. Young readers won't soon forget this unusual life story, nor its unstated lesson about following one's dreams. It is a memorable and valuable work.
Selma G. Lanes   ©1999 Parents' Choice

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