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MULE TRAIN MAIL

Author: Craig Brown

Illustrator: Craig Brown

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Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.,

Material: paperback

Summary: Anthony the Postman delivers mail to his town, which happens to be at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. He and his mule train deliver the mail every day, despite the weather.The book is a journey down the Grand Canyon, describing what the mule train sees and does. This picture book tells the story of mail delivery to a town at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Simple sentences make it a good choice as an easy reader.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 5 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 3.3

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: I thought this book was very well written. It describes the difficult journey down the Grand Canyon in language children can understand. Also, the pictures were vibrant and helped explain the mule train’s surroundings. The best part of the book was that as the mule were winding downward, the pages had to be read vertically instead of horizontally — great idea!!!

Pros: This is a well crafted, informative, and creative book. At the end of the book, the author talks about his visit into the Grand Canyon. It is a great addition that gives parents a teaching opportunity.

Cons: My only complaint is that one page says, “They pass the bones of a mule that had fallen from the trail.” To me, that’s just scary and not necessary to the story.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a great book, but really doesn’t apply to my life. It would be wonderful for an elementary school teacher in that area or kids studying life in the southwestern United States.

If You Liked This Book, Try: BAD NEWS FOR OUTLAWS   JACKSON AND BUD’S BUMPY RIDE; America's First Cross-Country Automobile Trip   THAT BOOK WOMAN

Educational Themes: This is a great book for young kids to learn about the Grand Canyon. It also teaches determination, as the mule train has never been canceled because of weather.

Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 3.3
The Reading Tub, Inc. asked the publisher for a donation for this title. The request was for the purpose of reviewing the book. It will be given to a reader in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, geography

Date(s) Reviewed: February 2010

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