A Picture Book Not to Miss

February 16, 2010
"Caltech physics professor Kenneth Libbrecht has translated his passion for ice crystals into an extraordinary book for young people, The Secret Life of a Snowflake: An Up-Close Look at the Art and Science of Snowflakes (Voyageur Press: $17, all ages). How rare it is for a scientist to be able to describe his work this simply: "I look at snowflakes under a microscope and take pictures of what I see.
"Libbrecht's photographs, revealing the stunning architecture of ice crystals set off by careful lighting, are so spectacular, a reader of any age will at first just leaf through the book staring at the illustrations. Libbrecht's text unfolds the ideas that allow readers to enter the world of crystal formation, whether their tools will be the lab bench or preschool paper-and-scissors."—LA Times, Feb. 15, 2010