Published by HarperCollins
Summary: Emerson loved to write and mail letters. One day, it occurred to her that Doug, their mail carrier, was the person who made it all happen. So she wrote him a thank you letter. Doug shared that letter with some of his co-workers, they shared it in turn, and the next week Doug delivered two boxes to Emerson’s house, filled with letters from grateful postal workers all over the country, Emerson wrote back to them, and as she did, she started reflecting on all the other people–grocery store clerks, trash collectors, farmers, and many more–who keep the world going. At the end is a letter from the real-life 11-year-old Emerson to readers, encouraging them to thank the people in their lives who keep the world going. 32 pages; grades K-5.
Pros: First of all, this book reminds me of my mother who writes hundreds of cards and letters every year and who, ever since I was a child, has always known her mail carrier by name and given him or her a holiday gift. She is truly a master of both letter writing and expressing appreciation. Secondly, this book made me think of everyone who has kept the world going during this year of the pandemic: the teachers, librarians, grocery store workers, healthcare workers, election workers, municipal workers…the list goes on and on. Inspired by Emerson’s letter, allow me to say thank you for being part of my blog this year!
Cons: On Christmas Eve, after all those feel-good sentiments? No way!