Snowshoe Thompson (An I Can Read Book)

by Nancy Smiler Levinson

Other authorsJoan Sandin (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 1992

Status

Available

Call number

979.4404092

Collection

Publication

Harpercollins Childrens Books (1992), Edition: 1st, 64 pages

Description

One winter John Thompson skis across the Sierra Nevada Mountains and creates a path upon which mail and people may travel, thus earning his nickname "Snowshoe Thompson."

User reviews

LibraryThing member odonnell
The old expression about postal carriers "Neither rain, nor sleet, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" just might refer to the real historical figure, John Thompson. In "Snowshoe Thompson", author Nancy Smiler Levinson tells the story of
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Danny, a Placerville boy who is devestated because his letter to his father in Nevada will not make it before spring. The impassable snows of the Sierra Nevada have closed the route. Norwegian immigrant, Snowshoe Thompson comes to the rescue with his skis (previously unknown in the area). In the author's note, Levinson writes that the real John Thompson would somethimes brave storms, wild animals, and lack of shelter to deliver bags of mail that would sometimes weigh as much as 100 pounds. Joan Sandin's charming illustrations will probably be examined closely as students read this text about an early pioneer in California.
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LibraryThing member jessy555
Genre: realistic fiction
Critique 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
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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: watercolo
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LibraryThing member GayWard
One winter John Thompson skis across the Sierra Nevada and creates a path upon whuch mail and people may travel, thus earning his nickname "Snowshoe Thompson."

Awards

Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award (Nominee — Grades K-3 — 1996)

Language

Original language

English

Original publication date

1992

ISBN

0060238011 / 9780060238018

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