Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

Mule Train Mail / by Craig Brown

Title: Mule Train Mail
Author and Illustrator: Craig Brown
Publisher: Charlesbridge
ISBN: 978-1-58089-187-5
Year: 2009

Concepts: public services

Review: Neither rain nor sleet nor hail nor flash floods can stop Anthony the Postman from delivering mail to the village of Supai at the base of the Grand Canyon.  Anthony, a skilled muleteer, delivers the mail using a small train of mules, usually making the eight-mile trip in about three hours.  Although the scenery may be breathtaking, the hairpin turns and rocky path can be hazardous, especially during poor weather conditions.  But the mail always goes through.

With its focus on the postal service, this engaging new book presents a good opportunity to introduce young learners to the idea of public services.  The descriptive text and striking pastel and colored pencil illustrations are clearly enhanced by the author’s personal experience riding with the mule train. In addition to its unique topic, the book also raises awareness of the Havasupai Indian Reservation at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

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