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SnowflakeBentleyTitle: Snowflake Bentley

Illustrator: Mary Azarian

Author: Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Caldecott 1999

The story of Snowflake Bentley is a great one – it’s the story of someone who really took on a project over his whole lifetime, was devoted to it, even in the face of funny looks and lack of funding. I liked the way this book was laid out with the ‘story’ part and then sidebars with specifics of Bentley’s life. However, I can’t say that the illustrations were jaw-dropping, and that’s what it won for. The woodcuts are well done and the watercolors nicely used, but I’ve seen much more amazing illustrations in non-Caldecott books.

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