Activities & More

Letter Perfect


Parrots & Other Pets

 Bird Up!

Fun parrot facts for kids

Art & Letters

Teaching the ABCs to pre-Ks
How to write a letter

Rain or Shine

Amy-Act-rainWhere does all that water go?

Mail from A to Zip

Even before the U.S. became a nation, we had a postal service, headed by Benjamin Franklin. After postage stamps were issued in 1847, Franklin’s face was on them.
As settlement moved westward, mail moved by boat1, stagecoach2, train and telegraph. In 1860-61, the legendary Pony Express3, a relay of men on horseback, rode from Missouri to California in roughly 10 days.

The first mail flight took off in 19114, but mail was still delivered by trucks, motorcycles5 and, sometimes, skis6.

In 1963, Mr. Zip7 encouraged the public to use the new Zip codes for faster delivery. Today, of course, the fastest delivery is by clicking “send8.”

Fun Fact

On the back cover of A Letter to Amy, the graffiti on the fence includes a number of scribbled names. This was a secret and amusing way for Ezra to give a shout-out to his friends.