Snowflake Bentley – 1999 Caldecott Medal
Through her telling the story of Wilson Bentley, snowflake authority, Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin endears this gentleman all readers. It is easy to understand his fascination with snowflakes as they are explained throughout the book. For being a Caldecott Medal Award winner, the book was a bit disappointing to me, but overall, it did meet the criteria for the award well:
1. “Excellence of execution in the artistic technique employed.” – Since art is not a strength for me, I cannot speak to the quality, but only that the illustrations did not particularly grab me.
2. “Excellence of pictorial interpretation of story, theme, or concept.” – Yes, the pictures did justice to the story.
3. “Appropriateness of style of illustration to the story, theme or concept.” – I suppose, but again, they were not well-refined enough for my tastes.
4. “Delineation of plot, theme, characters, setting, mood or information through the pictures.” – Yes, all of these characteristics were met well.
5. “Excellence of presentation in recognition of a child audience.” – The pictures did help to tell the story, but if their form had been a bit more clear, I think it would have been more accessible for younger children.
Age Range: 4-10
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