Snowflake Bentley

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From the time he was a small boy in Vermont, Wilson Bentley saw snowflakes as small miracles. And he determined that one day his camera would capture for others the wonder of the tiny crystal. Bentley’s enthusiasm for photographing snowflakes was often misunderstood in his time, but his patience and determination revealed two important truths: no two snowflakes are alike; and each one is startlingly beautiful. His story is gracefully told and brought to life in lovely woodcuts, giving children insight into a soul who had not only a scientist’s vision and perseverance but a clear passion for the wonders of nature.

Innovation, Leadership, Optimism, Patience, and Perseverance

Nonfiction

AR Reading Level 4.4

AR Point .5

Word Count 979

The Right Word – Roget And His Thesaurus

For shy young Peter Mark Roget, books were the best companions — and it wasn’t long before Peter began writing his own book. But he didn’t write stories; he wrote lists. Peter took his love for words and turned it to organizing ideas and finding exactly the right word to express just what he thought. His lists grew and grew, eventually turning into one of the most important reference books of all time.

Readers of all ages will marvel at Roget’s life, depicted through lyrical text and brilliantly detailed illustrations. This elegant book celebrates the joy of learning and the power of words.

Innovation and Perseverance

Nonfiction

AR Reading Level 4.1

AR Point .5

Word Count 1227

Caldecott Honor Book

The Robert F. Sibert Medal

Finding Winnie ~ The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear

In 1914, Harry Colebourn, a veterinarian on his way to tend horses in World War I, followed his heart and rescued a baby bear. He named her Winnie, after his hometown of Winnipeg, and he took the bear to war.

Harry Colebourn’s real-life great-granddaughter tells the true story of a remarkable friendship and an even more remarkable journey–from the fields of Canada to a convoy across the ocean to an army base in England…

And finally to the London Zoo, where Winnie made another new friend: a real boy named Christopher Robin.

Before Winnie-the-Pooh, there was a real bear named Winnie. And she was a girl!
Kindness
Nonfiction
AR Reading Level 3.4
AR Point .5
Word Count 1525

 

SPIC-AND-SPAN! Lillian Gilbreth’s Wonder Kitchen

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My favorite story is a true one.

Whenever I find a great one, I make an effort to read it to the kids.

Nothing like getting a good conversation going.

For instance, in my most recent find—Spic-and-Span! Lillian Gilbreth’s Wonder Kitchen, we saw the challenges women faced not so long ago.  After her husband died she is left to provide for their 11 kids.  Her family is determined to stick together and do whatever it takes to make ends meet.  This is Lillian’s inspiring story of how she not only overcame obstacles but excelled.