Wilson A. Bentley was born on February 9, 1865. He grew up on a farm in Jericho, Vermont. Taught at home by his mother, he had a unique hobby of studying snowflakes. Bentley was the first person to photograph a single snow crystal in 1885. During his lifetime, he captured more than 5,000 snowflakes on film. Of course, no two were exactly alike. Learn more about “The Snowflake Man” at FamousHomeschoolers.net.
The December 2011 edition of ACTS & FACTS, a publication of the Institute for Creation Research, includes an article titled “Snowflake Bentley: Man of Science, Man of God,” by Jerry Bergman, Ph.D. It goes along great with the above article on Wilson Bentley. Read the ICR article here.
A book that every homeschool family should have in their library is Snowflake Bentley, by Jacqueline Briggs Martin. This beautifully illustrated biography, winner of the 1999 Caldecott Medal, tells the true story of the home-educated farm boy who was mesmerized by snowflakes. It’s a fact-filled history book, a rich science lesson, and an inspiring biography all in one. Although written for ages 4-8, this wonderful book will also capture the interest of older readers including adults.