The book Snowflake Bentley tells the story of a determined boy, William Bentley, and his curiosity for ice crystals. His quest to photograph snowflakes gave the world brilliant new pictures, wonders never seen before. Wilson Bentley was born in 1865 on a farm in Vermont where approximately 120 inches of snow blanketed the landscape each winter. As a young boy Wilson observed snowflakes falling on his mittens, grass, and metal barn doors. Mesmerized by the crystals, he was determined to find a way to preserve them. While other children played in the snow, Wilson caught snowflakes and studied them under a microscope his mother gave him.He also observed and recorded the weather. Eventually, Wilson's parents used their savings to buy him a microscope with a camera attached. With his new equipment he could magnify and photograph the tiny crystals. Neighbors laughed at him, but Wilson was persistent and determined, saying his photographs would be gifts to the world. Read Snowflake Bentley with your children and use it as a starting point for a unit study. There is so much to be learned from the work of William Bentley. Your kids will have a great time studying it!