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Snail mail
2018
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Nothing Says Love Like an Old-Fashioned Letter


A long, long time ago, before email and texting, the mail was delivered in a much slower way-it was called Snail Mail (because some thought it was delivered by a snail). Although it took much longer, everyone agreed that letters were a little more special when they were delivered by Snail Mail. They might be handwritten. They might include a drawing. They might even contain a surprise inside! One such letter was sent by a Girl to the Boy she loved, and it was up to four special snails to deliver her card across the country. The snails trek across the country-through desert heat and dangerous blizzards, across mountains and plains, through cities and forests-and along the way, they find that taking time to slow down and look around makes the journey all the more beautiful.

Snail Mail 's playful and educational story encourages kids to have slow living, and to approach life with determination and wonder. Julia Patton's rich illustrations showcase America's diverse terrain and national monuments from coast to coast. Kids and parents alike will delight in this celebration of America's beauty and the power of a simple handwritten letter.
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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 © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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