Snowshoe Thompson by Nancy Smiler LevinsonSnowshoe Thompson by Nancy Smiler Levinson

Snowshoe Thompson

byNancy Smiler Levinson

Paperback | December 15, 1995

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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.

Notable 1992 Children's Trade Books in Social Studies (NCSS/CBC)

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.
Title:Snowshoe ThompsonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.19 inPublished:December 15, 1995Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064442063

ISBN - 13:9780064442060

Appropriate for ages: 4 - 8


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Skis Come to the Sierras This is an interesting piece of historical fiction about a relatively obscure historical figure in postal history that also describes the beginning use of skis in America.  Joe Thompson was from Norway and when it was impossible to cross the Sierra Mountains to deliver the mail one winter he decided to make himself a pair of skis to the delight of his fellow settlers.  These strange snowshoes, thus earning Joe the nomenclature "Snowshoe Thompson" amazed the other folks and the idea caught on.  A fairly simple story but one that shows how items from the "old country" came to be used in the Americas by settlers and an heroic tale as Joe comes through and saves the day.  The illustrations are by the renowned Joan Sandin who has been illustrating since the seventies and has contributed to several books in the "I Can Read Books" series.  She does wonderful period piece work and these add greatly to the story.
Date published: 2013-12-05

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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"