Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Books About Inventions

This week's READ-4-LUCK pick (my weekly feature acting as a recommendation, review, teaching tip, and writing lesson) is Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illustrated by Mary Azarian. This book won the Caldecott Medal in 1999. Her woodblock prints make it very unique.
William Bentley discovers a way to photograph snowflakes.
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Year: 1998
Word Count: 979
Book Level: 4.4

 SNOW! Need I say more? Children like it when Bentley gets his camera. They like seeing how he gets to do what he loves to do. 

 Purely fascinating. Definitely one to check out again.

TEACHERS:  Teachers can use this to introduce a unit about weather, jobs, or inventions.

I enjoyed the perseverance. YOUR TURN: If you have a story about perseverance, study this one. Another great companion study: My Brother Loved Snowflakes: The Story of Wilson A. Bentley, the Snowflake Man by Mary Bahr, illustrated by Laura Jacobsen (Boyds Mills Press, 2002).   I haven't read this one yet, but I'd like to.


  1. That sounds like a lovely book. It looks to be in the style of George Ella Lyon whom I adore. I'll look out for it.

  2. Hard to believe, but I haven't read either, though I've certainly heard of Snowflake Bentley. Time for a trip to the library :)


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