December 2011 Book Club Selection
By Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Print/braille edition, $7.99
In contracted braille with skip lines
Includes a sheet of tactile illustrations of different
snowflakes by artist Ann Cunningham.
Most children are captivated by snow, but how many go on
to make it their lifework?
From the time he was a little boy, Wilson Bentley loved snow.
Yet snow was frustrating to him. He could pick flowers for his
mother or net butterflies, but he couldn't hold on to snowflakes.
Bentley tried drawing snow crystals, but they would melt too quickly.
Then, as a teenager in the 1870s, he read about a camera with a
microscope. His family were Vermont farmers, but they scraped together
the money to buy him the camera. From then on, there was no stopping
Bentley, who was nicknamed Snowflake. He spent winters photographing
the intricate flakes. At first no one cared - 'Snow in Vermont is as
common as dirt!' But Bentley found fame as a nature photographer, and
even today his photo book of snowflakes is considered a primary source.
'There will be so many uses for this book - not the least of which is simply
handing it to children and letting their imaginations soar like Bentley's!'
- Booklist, starred review
1999 Caldecott Medal Winner
Booklist Editors Choice
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon
NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children
New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
Parents of children with visual impairments
Interest CategoriesReading activities
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