I sit here with a blank page in front of me, trying to decide what inspiring words to write today. I’m distracted by the frost on my windowpane.

I stare at the tiny crystals and their intricate designs. I am awed!

Seeing their beautiful structures, I’m reminded of a book from years ago, Snowflake Bentley. This picture book was a Caldecott Medalist in 1999. Wilson A. Bentley was the man who developed a way to photograph microscopic pictures of individual snowflakes. He discovered snowflakes are made up of ice crystals, and each snowflake has six sides. No two snowflakes are alike. The story and the information the book contains are fascinating. If you’ve never read Snowflake Bentley or haven’t read it in a while, now is a good time to sit back and enjoy this book.

Snowflake Bentley was written by the talented Jacqueline Briggs Martin and illustrated with beautiful woodcuts created by Mary Azarian, published by Houghton Mifflin Company, 1998.

Winter is my second favorite season. It’s all because of how snow dresses up the landscape of a sometimes dreary winter.

Below is an action play, written by me, that was purchased by “Highlights for Children” some years ago.


Lacy little snowflakes

Flutter through the air.

(Move fingers through the air.)

Jump up and catch them.

They’re falling everywhere.

(Jump up and catch imaginary snowflakes.)

Whoosh blows the North Wind

and swirls them all around.

(Twirl in circles.)

What a merry mix-up

when they reach the ground.

(Gently fall down.)

My page is no longer blank thanks to the beauty right before my eyes. Nature is incredible! Wherever you live, take time to enjoy the beauty of the world around you.

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One Comment on “Snowflakes”

  1. evie robillard Says:

    Cathy, I love your little play. And I took a class from Jackie Martin shortly after she’d won that award . . . thanks for the memory.

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