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Snail Mail
Contributor(s): Berger, Samantha, Patton, Julia (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0762462515     ISBN-13: 9780762462513
Publisher: Running Pr Book Pub
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: May 2018
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Annotation: "Introduces today's digitally minded children to the traditional practice of sending letters by mail, describing how letters sent by ""snail mail"" are often handwritten and sometimes contain pictures or other surprises, in an engaging story that traces the path of a letter sent by a Girl to the Boy she loves. By the award-winning author of Crankenstein. 15,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook."
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Letter carriers; Fiction.
Postal service; Fiction.
Snails; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2018064354
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 9.75" H x 11.50" W x 0.50" (1.16 lbs)
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 March #3)

Four snails carry a letter "made by a Girl who loved a Boy" from Santa Monica to New York City in this appropriately leisurely paced tale about the pleasures of taking one's time. After Colonel McHale Snail issues the directive to "Go!," the snails inch ahead, chanting the Snail Mail Promise: "Neither rain, nor snow, nor heat, nor hail will stop a snail from bringing the mail." In measured prose that seems to mimic the letter carriers' pace, Berger (Monster's New Undies) tracks the snails across various terrain: "And even though their progress was very slow... there was something special about slowing down... to look around... and notice... what an amazing place the country was." Patton (The Very Very Very Long Dog) works mainly in light, wispy tones—as though the scenes are filtered through a thin layer of snail slime—which makes some of the snails difficult to decipher. Exceptions include a spread revealing a double rainbow, sunset, and lime-green meadow, and another featuring postcardlike images of some iconic sites (Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone). Readers are rewarded when the couriers finally hand the Boy the letter (though some may be disappointed that its contents aren't shared), after which the snails receive their own letter containing four gold medals "for good service." Ages 4-8. Author's agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. Illustrator's agent: Alli Brydon, Bright USA. (May)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 April)

PreS-Gr 1—Four brave mail snails are tasked with the delivery of a very special letter and prove on their journey that moving slowly has its own virtues. The missive, written by a girl to her boy crush, is handwritten and sealed with a kiss. To complete their mission, the snails must journey through deserts and forests, and rain, wind, and snow, but they are determined. The digital illustrations evoke a scrapbook and postcard filled cross-country journey, with four well outfitted, detailed, and sometimes goofy snail mail carriers. The text, especially the Snail Mail Motto, will remind readers that some important things take a while to complete and that it's worth taking time to appreciate the beauty around them. This delightfully silly interpretation of snail mail will also appeal to adults wishing for the slower pace and handmade charm of pen and paper correspondence. VERDICT A secondary purchase for schools and libraries, suitable for storytime or one-on-one sharing.—Laken Hottle, Providence Community Library

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