Wednesday, February 10, 2010
A Review of a Book About a Boy Who Knew His Mission
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Every winter, when it starts to drag on (feeling like it's "always winter, never Christmas"), I suddenly remember this book and go get it from the library. It makes the season more endurable and opens my mind to the beauty of winter. It's a true story about a boy, Wilson Bentley, who absolutely loved snowflakes. He loved to examine them and not only discover each snowflake's beauty but preserve the beauty. He begged his parents for a fancy machine to take pictures of them, quite a feat for them to do because this was the 1800s and cameras were very expensive for them since they were a simple farming family. They must have been in touch with his unique mission in life to be willing to invest money in their son's hobby.
So you can read into the book the idea of mission/calling and that parents have the opportunity to either cherish their children's interests and further them into a mission or shut the mission down by not helping further it along. Parents can be true mentors or just custodians.
This book always inspires me to make a bunch of snowflakes with my core phase children (do a search on tjedonline.com for more on core phase) to decorate the window. That's definitely a mood-brightener for any dull winter's day. To make a true six-sided snowflake just Google "snowflake." You can also find some patterns by Cindy Higham in the article, “Valentine Snowflakes,” Friend, Feb 1999, p. 31 or her book Snowflakes for all Seasons.
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