Mule Train Mail

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.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

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.

Content Awareness Factors:

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.


Big Kid 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!!!

Type of Book:
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.
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.

Reading Level:
3.3
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
5 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Purchase Recommendation:
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.

Title Mule Train Mail
About
Author Craig Brown
Publisher Charlesbridge © 2009
Illustrators Craig Brown
ISBN 9781580891882
Material Paperback
Cost $7.95
Genres Geography
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