"Of all the forms of water the tiny six-pointed crystals of ice called snow are incomparably the most beautiful and varied." -- Wilson Bentley (1865-1931)
'From the time he was a small boy in Vermont, Wilson Bentley saw snowflakes as small miracles. And he determined that one day his camera would capture for others the wonder of the tiny crystal. Bentley's enthusiasm for photographing snowflakes was often misunderstood in his time, but his patience and determination revealed two important truths: no two snowflakes are alike; and each one is startlingly beautiful. His story is gracefully told and brought to life in lovely woodcuts, giving children insight into a soul who had not only a scientist's vision and perseverance but a clear passion for the wonders of nature. Snowflake Bentley won the 1999 Caldecott Medal.'
The children learned a great deal about biographies, snowflakes, photography sheer determination, effort and creativity listening to, reading their own student booklets and watching videos about W. Bentley. We completed a GO chart for this book which had different elements of focus ( basic facts, traits, contributions, problems or obstacles he overcame and inventions). They helped by filling out their own GO chart and sharing to add to the class size one.
We will be completing our in class biography book report about Snowflake Bentley using numeorus resources to prepare them for their upcoming bio book report homework.
He was an interesting man! One student noted he had Rock Brain "...but the good kind."