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The Snow Walker by Margaret K. Wetterer
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Mar 01, 2012

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"The Snow Walker" is an historical fiction book that is intended for primary and early intermediate readers. It tells the true story of a boy, Milton Daub, who braved the famous Blizzard of 1888. With a pair of homemade snowshoes, Milton walked the streets of his Bronx, New York neighborhood providing food and medicine for his neighbors.

The story moves along at a quick pace that would appeal to children, and the main character, Milton is very likable. The ongoing theme of giving up one-self's comfort and safety for the sake of others is a much needed message in the day and age in which we live. The illustrations in this little book are simple, yet colorful and appealing. They assist the reader in visualizing the journey of this young man in his quest to meet the needs of his own family as well as his neighbor.

I gave "The Snow Walker" a 3-star rating for its easy-read style and important theme. This would be a great book to use with elementary children to introduce the form and elements of historical fiction.
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