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Snowflake Bentley (Caldecott Medal Book) Hardcover – September 28, 1998
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Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Mr. Bentley was "a boy who loved snow more than anything else in the world." Where others saw cold and discomfort in his home of Jericho, Vermont, he saw beauty. That was good becaues the snowfall averages around 120 inches a year there. "He said snow was as beautiful as butterflies, or apple blossoms." In the good weather, he could net butterflies or carry apple blossoms to show to others, but snowflakes were more difficult to share. His mother (who was his teacher until he was 14) gave him an old microscope, and he began to look at snowflakes in the cold. He noticed that no two were alike, and began to draw them.
At 17, he learned that you could photograph what you could see in a microscope. His parents made an enormous investment and got him one.Read more ›
Author Jacqueline Briggs Martin is not above beginning her tale with a particularly evocative and intriguing sentence like, "In the days when farmers worked with ox and sled and cut the dark with lantern light, there lived a boy who loved snow more than anything else in the world". Meet Wilson Bentley. Your typical farm boy with atypical aspirations. Willie loved catching snowflakes with the hopes of preserving them for others to see. Unfortunately, he couldn't find a way of keeping track of them. Drawing them didn't work because the snow crystals would melt before he finished sketching them out. Then, at the age of seventeen he saw a camera with its own microscope for sale. Winning the award for "Best Parents Ever", Willie's ma and pa used their savings to buy their teenaged son the camera he always wanted. As the book says it, "cost as much as his father's herd of ten cows". After more than a year of attempts and failures, Willie finally managed to photograph a snowflake successfully. Time passed and Willie perfected his technique. He didn't limit himself to winter beauty, however. Mr. Bentley also photographed spider webs and grasshoppers covered in dew, amongst other things.Read more ›
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A beautiful and informative book that children and adults will enjoy. It celebrates the life of a man whose passion for photographing snowflakes grabbed the imagination of a whole... Read morePublished 15 days ago by South Side Tom
Very interesting story about the man who first figured out how to photograph snowflakes. It wasn't as easy as you may think!Published 7 months ago by Chrissy Larson
Beautifully illustrated book about W.A.Bentley, the first person to successfully photograph snowflakes. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Pamela Williams