A certified letter follows its intended recipient all over the world as the postal service attempts to catch up to him....
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This book, Hail to Mail--apparently a translation of a 1927 poem by Samuel Marshak of the Soviet Union--looked interesting to me and the illustrations were captivating so I brought it home. I appreciated the circular nature of the poem, which follows a letter as it is passed from one unwearied mailman to another across the globe to catch up with an explorer. I was hoping for a knee-slapping punchline at the end of the story. The poem was quickly wrapped up and ended with a salute to mail carriers. The words, including names of foreign places and some German words, too, could catch a young reader off guard. The fact that it is a poem helps with the flow, but needs to be practiced well ahead of time. It would be best to use this as a read aloud to help illustrate turn-of-the-century technologies and the history of the postal service. Again, the art is very good and relevant to the period from which the poem hails, so it gives a bit of history both in its literary component and visually.
The cadence of the poetry is a little clumsy at times, which would make reading it out loud a bit awkward at a few parts- to be expected in translation. However, it's a fun story with fun twists and turns, and the illustrations are unique and perfectly matched to the story. The art really makes it.
A letter and a mailman tracks a recipient all over the world. This book can introduce literary an element like rhyme scheme or rhyming words for young learners.
A fun book of poems that take the reader jaunting across the globe. The text is complemented perfectly by the wonderful Soviet Realist illustrations.