The Secret Life of a Snowflake: An Up-Close Look at the Art and Science of Snowflakes

2086 stars
Kenneth Libbrecht
Title The Secret Life of a Snowflake: An Up-Close Look at the Art and Science of Snowflakes
Rating 2086 stars
Author Kenneth Libbrecht
Pages 48
Isbn 0760336768
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Horn Book (Spring 2011)

Physicist Libbrecht shares his passion for snowflakes, describing their intricate structures, the science of phase changes and crystallization, and the photographic techniques used to capture ice crystals in the shapes of flakes, needles, ferns, and columns. The photographs themselves, which mainly feature close-ups of single flakes (some enhanced with colored light) are stunningly crisp, allowing readers to contemplate every minute detail. Glos., ind.



School Library Journal (May 1, 2010)

Gr 3-6-Extraordinary photographs of individual snowflakes are the true highlight of this informational book. With crisp detail and lit up with colored light, the crystals are mesmerizing in their clarity and brilliance. Libbrecht uses a first-person narration to describe the microphotography process that he uses to create the images and then goes on to outline the life cycle of a snowflake. Some elementary science is included in the text, such as the water cycle and the crystallization process, which explains why no two snowflakes are ever alike. Details about why snowflakes always have six branches and why they vary in size so much add interest and depth, offering readers more than just the basics. A solid addition to any science collection, this book will draw in young enthusiasts, and the beautiful photographs will engage casual browsers. Team it with Jacqueline Briggs Martin's Snowflake Bentley (Houghton, 1998) and Snow Crystals (Dover, 1962), Bentley's own collection of snowflake photographs, for an intriguing lesson on snow.-Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.


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