Friday, July 27, 2018

Bedtime Story: Snail Mail by Samantha Berger

Read for: Children's Book Challenge and Munchkin's Love of Mail

Synopsis: "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."

My Review: Munchkin loves all things to do with the mail, the post office, getting mail, the mail trucks and the mail men (and women), so I thought this would be a fun book to read. It was great to see mail traveling across the country (even though it was brought by snails instead of the mail men). They also had the motto of the Postal Service in it which added another fun element and connection to the actual postal system. This illustrations were great as well, with more pastel colors and enough detail but not overly busy. We really enjoyed this book and have added it to our mail shelf. 

My Rating: We had a fun time reading this story and it has really sparked Munchkin to send out letters (mainly in hopes that he gets more mail back). The light tone and colors of the illustrations make it a great bedtime story. We give it a rating of Four Paws!

Good Night! Sweet Dreams!


  1. This looks really cute! Gnome has been writing to her friend that moved to California, so she might really like this.

    1. I think Gnome would enjoy this one, the letter does start out in California (though it does travel to NYC) so that would be a fun connection for her.