About the Author
Nancy Smiler Levinson has written many popular books for young readers, including Magellan and the First Voyange Around the World and the I Can Read Books Clara and the Bookwagon, illustrated by Carolyn Croll, and Snowshoe Thompson, illustrated by Joan Sandin. She lives in Beverly Hills, California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Genre: realistic fictionCritique of Genre: This is a cute example of realistic fiction because a little boy desperately wants to get a letter to his father in Nevada, but the snow is stopping the mail delivery until spring. Thankfully Mr. Thompson comes to the rescue by making his own skis with the help of the boy and delivers the mail himself. Setting: The setting is pretty important for this story of a kind hearted man who wants to help a boy deliver a letter to his father. This wouldn't really be as big of a gesture, but in this particular story there is too much snow for the mail to be delivered. However, Mr. Thompson decidedes to help the little boy out by making skis and taking the long journey over the snowy mountain pass to hand deliver the letter. Media: watercolor
Danny wants his dad to come home from Nevada for Christmas and writes him a letter to tell him so. However, when deep snows cut off the mail until spring, only postman John Thompson can get through the Sierra Nevada Mountains to deliver his letter. This "I Can Read Book" for level 3 is about Thompson, a native Norwegian who came to Placerville, CA, in the early 1850's to seek his fortune in the gold rush. He skiied a five-day, ninety-mile journey across the Sierra Nevada one winter to create a path upon which mail and people could travel through the deep snow, thus earning his nickname of "Snowshoe Thompson." Even though this book is obviously for young readers, it is still a very interesting story, and is listed as juvenile literature-biography, but the synopsis says that it is historical fiction based on a true story.