Friday, February 27, 2015

Story Themed Lunches

My friend Beth, Beth Winfield Photography, took some beautiful photos of snowflakes.
I showed them to Boogs and he was fascinated with them. These photos reminded me that I have never read Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin to Boogs. It was one of my favorite books to share in the winter with my third grade classes. Luckily, our local library had a copy for us to read. Of course, I had to make Boogs a story themed lunch to go with the book.
Snowflake Bentley is a biography picture book about Wilson Bentley's lifelong passion for photographing snowflakes and other things in nature. When Willie was a child, he loved looking at snowflakes with his microscope. He drew hundreds of pictures of the snowflakes he saw with his microscope. Not very many people could understand his passion for snow. When he was 17, in 1881, his mother and father spent their savings to buy a camera with its own microscope for Willie. It took several years for Willie to take successful pictures of snowflakes. Neighbors laughed at what Willie was doing, but that did not deter him. Willie took thousands of pictures of snowflakes throughout his lifetime. Many universities bought his photos, artist and designers were inspired by the photos. A memorial plaque in his hometown reads: For fifty years Wilson A. Bentley, a simple farmer, developed his technique of microphotography to reveal to the world the grandeur and mystery of the snowflake - its universal hexagonal shape and its infinite number of lovely designs. Bentley changed the world with his idea to photograph snowflakes.

In the ELB (new Urban color) lunchbox: ham & cheese snowflake sandwich, Pringles, cheese snowflakes, yogurt covered pretzel snowflakes, strawberry snowflakes, yogurt, and snowflake radish, carrots, and cauliflower in the salad.

What Do You Do With An Idea? by Kobi Yamada

I love this book. I saw it at my school library and knew it would pair perfectly with Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin. It explores what to do with an idea that might seem strange at first, or that other people may make fun of. While reading this book to Boogs, we frequently stopped and compared what the boy in this story thought of his idea and how Snowflake Bentley treated his idea of wanting to photograph the exquisite beauty of snowflakes. People thought Bentley's idea was strange and a waste of time, but he did not let that deter him from his idea. The boy in the idea book felt happier when his idea was around. He decided to give it attention, nurture it, become friends with it, and help it grow. His idea helped him to think differently, to think big, and to dream big. I loved the last page in this book: "And then, I realized what you do with an idea... You change the world." What a powerful message!

In the Laptop Lunchbox: boiled egg idea with cheese crown, sausage-n-pancake little boy (Boogs wanted breakfast for lunch so I worked with what I had), yogurt covered pretzel clouds, yogurt, spinach, tomato, broccoli, strawberries, and blueberries.

We are loving our new ELB Urban colors. This lunch has the new brown lid.
Grilled cheese sandwich, macadamia nuts, Chex Mix, blueberries, kiwi, yellow pepper, tomato, radish, and broccoli.

Be sure to check out the wonderful sites I link to on my sidebar! If you want to see more book inspired lunches, click on the "lunches" label at the end of this post or go to My Story Themed Lunches board on Pinterest. I would love for you to leave a comment to let me know you stopped by.


  1. I've not heard of these books before - they sound delightful. Thanks for posting it on the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

  2. Such lovely lunches Keitha, as always! :-)
    Thank you for linking up at #FunFoodFriday!