- Age Range: 4 - 7 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: 830 (What's this?)
- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (December 28, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0547248296
- ISBN-13: 978-0547248295
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.2 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 168 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Snowflake Bentley Paperback – December 28, 2009
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Beautiful pictures, great story, well written but putting it aside until next year to see if it is more interesting to them then.
This is a very good book, no doubt about that, written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and illustrated by Mary Azarian (my favorite parts are the woodcut snowflakes), but it lacks the personal touch, the warmth of the other bio about "Snowflake Bentley" ~ "My Brother Loved Snowflakes," by Mary Bahr and illustrated by Laura Jacobsen.
The woodcut illustrations are well-done, but are not as much "fun" as the smooth, wonderfully colorful pastels and stencils of Ms. Jacobsen, and the story is told more matter-of-factly than the other book.
Even tho' I am pleased to have both in my library, having been a huge fan of Mr. Bentley for many years, I would go to the second tome more often than the first, if I were to ever pick them up for light reading...and to introduce my new Grandson to the wonders of Nature, especially the beauty of snow and ice and other microscopic sights.
Yes, as I sit and reflect on the fact that one is a so-called award winner and one is not, I have to say that, unlike other critics and "experts," I will continue to trust my own instincts ~ and my own heart.