Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: The Secret Life of a Snowflake by Kenneth Libbrecht
Why we love this book:
The photos in this science book are some of the most amazing and beautiful we’ve ever seen. Kenneth Libbrecht, the author, is a scientist who studies and photographs snowflakes under a microscope. The photos are nothing less than spectacular.
The book is easy to read and yet packed with information about how snowflakes are made. From this book, we learned that all snowflakes begin as a tiny hexagon. As the snowflake grows the corners of the hexagon grow a bit faster than the sides. Did you know that ALL snowflakes have six branches, never four, five, seven or eight. Always six!
You know what that means? Most of us grew-up folding paper snowflakes incorrectly. I was taught to fold a snowflake resulting in eight branches. Ooops! Fortunately Libbrecht teaches us how to make a paper snowflake correctly.
The Right Way to Make a Paper Snowflake!
Step 1: Fold your paper in half.
Step 2: Hold your paper in half again.
Step 3: Fold into thirds.
Step 3: Fold the last side into thirds.
Step 4: Cut along bottom of triangle.
Step 5: You’re ready to cut a snowflake!
Step 6: Cut the branches of your snowflake.
- Be careful as you cut to leave portions of the fold intact.
- Use your imagination. NO two snowflakes are the same!
Step 7: Carefully unfold your snowflake.
Step 8: Admire your beautiful snowflake!
Mommy tried cutting a snowflake as well. However, eight-year-old, MacGyver is better at following directions than I am. His actually has a tiny hexagon in the middle of his design like a real snowflake.
Then MacGyver, also known as Edward Scissors Hands, went to work making more and more snowflakes.
Many of you have gotten to know MacGyver very well. So it will be no surprise to you that he made a mini snowflake following the same directions.
Tiny hexagon snowflake just like the ones we saw in the book.
Chances are these are the only snowflakes we’ll see this winter here in South Texas. These and the other twenty MacGyver made!
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Both MacGyver and I find this book totally fascinating! And now it can be yours!
We’re GIVING AWAY one hardcover copy of The Secret Life of a Snowflake by Kenneth Libbrecht
To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.
Does it snow in your neck of the woods? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
One entry per person, please.
No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, January 12, 2012
The winner must be a resident of The United States.
The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, January 13, 2012. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!
Link to Kenneth Libbrecht’s website with photos and information about snowcrystals.
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