[nobe-l] Fwd: NBP-Announce: December book club selection: Snowflake Bentley

David Andrews dandrews at visi.com
Thu Dec 22 03:21:34 UTC 2011

>December 2011 Book Club Selection
>Snowflake Bentley
>By Jacqueline Briggs Martin
>Print/braille edition, $7.99
>In contracted braille with skip lines
>Ages 4-8
>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
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