Author: Samantha Berger
Illustrator: Julia Patton
Publisher: Running Press, 2018Ages
Ages: 3-6, PK-Grade 3
This book starts with the line: “A long, long time ago, but really not THAT long, before e-mail and testing, clicking and sending, mail was delivered in a much different way.” I hate to say this, but young readers/listeners have no idea how mail – the actual physical kind – works. I have actually had to explain to middle school and high school students how to make out an envelope! Hopefully, this book will encourage some changes.
Snail Mail does remind all of us of the pleasure of getting a real card or letter. In this book, the mail really is delivered by snails, a group that includes Dale Snail, Gail Snail, Colonel McHale Snail and Umberto. The particular letter readers get to follow on its journey across the country is a love letter.
The snails brave all kinds of weather. You remember the old line: rain, snow, sleet, hail, etc. etc. The desert is hot, mountains are high. Sometimes they receive help from others. Mostly it is a lot of hard work, but they can tell it is worth it when that very special letter is finally received.
After reading this book, I went out and bought a couple of cards to send to my own children. I put on special stamps and wrote little encouraging notes. I hope other readers will be similarly inspired.
*Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.