Get access to our homeschool planner and more! Sign Up
Accredited, private education from $229/month. Rigorous coursework with an emphasis on faith. Enroll now. Ignited Christian Academy

Mailing May

All Amazon links are affiliate links

Mailing May by Michael O. Tunnell

Nowadays it's no big deal for a girl to travel seventy-five miles. But when Charlotte May Pierstorff wanted to cross seventy-five miles of Idaho mountains to see her grandma in 1914, it was a very big deal indeed. There was no highway except the railroad, and a train ticket would have cost her parents a full day's pay. Here is the true story of how May got to visit her grandma, thanks to her own spunk, her father's ingenuity, and the U.S. mail.

Jump to:

✒️ Author & illustrator

Author: Michael O. Tunnell

Website for Michael O. Tunnell

Other books by Michael O. Tunnell

Illustrator: Ted Rand

No illustrator page found for Ted Rand.

Other books by Ted Rand

📖 Topics from the book:

Visit each topic page for downloads, lessons, etc. specific to that topic.

📂 Units, Activities, and Resources for Mailing May

Postal Systems
Getting mail from place to place is very important in society. There have been many systems to deliver letters--from ships to walking to horses. Our contemporary mail delivery system is high-tech. Machines read and sort much of our mail, and it only takes about two days and costs under 40 cents to send a standard letter from New York City to Los Angeles.

Mailing Postcards
Help your children create their own postcards, and then send them in the mail to family and friends. Ages 3-5

Idaho History

From A to Z kids stuff

Idaho Potato Commission
No study about Idaho is complete without discovering the Idaho Potato.

Lapbook Example
From Homeschooling on a Wing and a Prayer blodspot.

Rugmaker's Homestead
1932 Braided Rug Instructions

Rug Braiding
From Craftown

Why are we featuring this book?

Mailing May is a book featured in Five in a Row, a literature-based unit study curriculum. Many families use FIAR for all but the grammar/reading and math, and others use it in conjunction with other resources. Above is information about the author and illustrator, story summaries, and links to lesson plans and websites that are great go-alongs for Mailing May. Please note that these resources are meant to complement, not replace, the Five in a Row units. The Five in a Row volumes are inexpensive and well worth the investment.

As featured on

US News & World Report, Forbes, KQED, HuffPost,, Money, Healthline Parenthood, Family Education, Parents, Scholastic