Snowshoe Thompson (I Can Read Book Series: Level 3)

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Danny wishes his dad would come home from Nevada for Christmas and writes him a letter to tell him so. When snow cuts off the mail until spring, only postman John Thompson can get through the Sierra Nevada Mountains to deliver his letter. "Based on a true story, this is lively historical fiction with a nice sense of character and adventure, [and] the illustrations are packed with feeling and action." —BL.

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Overview

Danny wishes his dad would come home from Nevada for Christmas and writes him a letter to tell him so. When snow cuts off the mail until spring, only postman John Thompson can get through the Sierra Nevada Mountains to deliver his letter. "Based on a true story, this is lively historical fiction with a nice sense of character and adventure, [and] the illustrations are packed with feeling and action." —BL.

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Author Biography: Nancy Smiler Levinson is the author of Clara and the Bookwagon, an I Can Read Book illustrated by Carolyn Croll. She lives in Beverly Hills, CA.

Joan Sandin has illustrated many books for children, including From Anna, by Jean Little. She is also the author-illustrator of two I Can Read books, The Long Way to a New Land and The Long Way Westward. She lives in Tucson, AZ.

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."

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Trina Heidt
Danny's father is away digging for gold, and Christmas is almost here. Danny writes to his father imploring him to come home in time for the holiday but finds out that because of the snow, travel through the Sierra Nevada Mountains has become treacherous, hence no mail can go though until spring. One man, John Thompson steps forward and exclaims that he can make it and will deliver the mail. No one believes the feisty Norwegian, no one except Danny. Thompson, with Danny's help, fashions a pair of skis like the ones everyone uses in his native Norway. He sets off to cross the mountains and delivers the mail despite the doubting residents of Placerville and returns to the delight and amazement of those who called him "foolhardy." An I Can Read Book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064442060
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Series: I Can Read Book 3 Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 348,531
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 330L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.18 (d)

Meet 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.

Joan Sandin is the illustrator of many books for young readers, including the "I Can Read" books Small Wolf, written by Nathaniel Benchley, Snowshoe Thompson, written by Nancy Smiler Levinson, and her own The Long Way Westward and The Long Way to a New Land. Ms. Sandin lives in Tucson, AZ.

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  • Posted September 30, 2010

    a very interesting story based on a true event

    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.

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