By: Samantha Berger
Illustrated by: Julia Patton
Published: May 1, 2018
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Nothing says "Love" like a hand-written letter. That is the premise of SNAIL MAIL. A lot of love and heart is put into the writing and sending of letters. When was the last time you wrote or received an actual letter in the mail? Both of my parents worked for the postal service with my mom working the longest as a rural carrier for over 25 years. She personally delivered thousands of pieces of mail through sleet, hail, blizzards, heat, and flat tires. In this story, the love of sending letters is told through four snails who personally deliver a love letter all the way across the USA.
Snail Mail is a term used to describe the delivery of mail. Sometimes, it feels like it is going at a snail's pace. So, this story makes fun of the term and has four snails take on the task of delivering a letter from a girl on one side of the US to a boy on the other side of the US. The snails must deliver the letter and "neither rain, nor snow, nor heat, nor hail will stop a snail from bringing the mail."
I think children will find this story silly but also be inspired to write their own letter. In fact, it would be a great way to encourage your children to write letters to family members or friends, whether they live across the street or across the country. This book would be a great introduction to a summer project of writing a letter a week or maybe even connecting with a pen pal, a distant cousin, or friend who moved away.
The illustrations of the snails taking this letter across the country are adorable and the weather and landscapes of our country share the idea of the snails traveling a long distance to get this letter delivered. It is quite amazing that we can write a letter and have it show up in the receiver's mailbox within a few days. I think most of us are quite relieved that most of the time, the mail doesn't run at a snail's pace.
|Samantha Berger - source|
Photo by Leo Morton
Samantha Berger is the award-winning author of more than eighty books for children. Check out her website, HERE. See more books by Samantha Berger, HERE.
Julia Patton is an award-winning author and illustrator of more than 25 picture book and educational titles published internationally. You can find out more about Julia by visiting her website, HERE. See the books illustrated and written by Julia Patton, HERE.
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