February 9 Birthday: SNOWFLAKE BENTLEY. Wilson Bentley

Wilson Bentley, photographer
b. February 9, 1865
d. December 23, 1931

SNOWFLAKE BENTLEY (Houghton Mifflin, 2009)

by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
illustrated by Mary Azarian


From the time he was a small boy, Wilson Bentley thought of the icy crystals as small miracles. And 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 a clear passion for the wonders of nature.

Of all the forms of water the tiny six-pointed crystals of ice called snow are incomparably the most beautiful and varied.”

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