Parents' Guide to

Snowflake Bentley

By Sally Snyder, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Lyrical prose explores a fascinating life.

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age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+


I believe that I enjoyed this book more than any child, being fond of Biographies. Best for ages 6 and up in group setting. Great for more in-depth fun or studies.

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This is an excellent choice for introducing biographies to young readers, especially because it is a life story of an inspirational subject who exhibits tenacity. Any child who has cut a folded-paper snowflake will appreciate Wilson Bentley's infatuation with the beautiful and intricate designs of snow crystals. Plainspoken as a Vermonter's speech, Jacqueline Martin's text is also lyrical. Fact-filled sidebars highlight specifics of Bentley's life and his discoveries.

Mary Azarian uses hand-colored woodcuts to illustrate Bentley's life, and a Vermont winter is skillfully captured. Country touches bring the past to life. As beautiful as these illustrations are, more examples of Bentley's photos would have been welcome. Strangely, in a book emphasizing the near uniqueness of snowflakes, each sidebar is decorated with the same set of snowflake designs.

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