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reS-Gr 2-This is a lively retelling of the classic story by Virginia Lee Burton (HM, 1996). The narrator, Peter Kovner, provides dramatic narration, and a woman contributes a suitable, strong-willed voice for Maybelle. The story is accompanied by jaunty background music and sound effects that supplement the telling nicely. For example, a meeting is accompanied by low mumbling voices, and a victory scene is backed up with the sound of a cheering crowd. Side one of the tape includes page turn sounds of a bell clanging. On side two, the story is told uninterrupted. This book and tape set will be a useful addition for public and school libraries.

Maren Ostergard, Bellvue Regional Library, King County Library System, WA

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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"The reissue of Maybelle the Cable Car, with original art retrieved from the San Francisco Public Library archives, is a happy occasion." The Five Owls

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (March 31, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395840031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395840030
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Virginia Lee Burton was the talented author and illustrator of some of the most enduring books ever written for children. The winner of the 1942 Caldecott Medal for The Little House, Burton's books include heroes and happy endings, lively illustrations, and a dash of nostalgia. She lived with her two sons, Aristides and Michael, and her husband George Demetrios, the sculptor, in a section of Gloucester, Massachusetts, called Folly Cove. Here she taught a class in design and from it emerged the Folly Cove designers, a group of internationally known professional artisans.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 9, 1999
Format: Paperback
I am five and I can read. I love transportation books. I have books by Virginia Lee Burton- Katy, Mike Mulligan and The Little House. I got Maybelle for Xmas. I like the cable car and the Golden Gate Bridge. I like the artwork. I looked up San Francisco on my map and on the internet. If you like transportation, this is a great story!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Huntsmæñus on November 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
One of my favorite books one I was a kid, and enjoyable for grown-ups, as well. Some wonderful art illustrating the workings of a cable car, San Francisco scenery, hilly hills with loads of cable car track, and a sweet story giving a simplified history of the train with a cable, and some contemporary settings(contemporary for when this book was originally released)chronicling the rise and popularity of the bus. But not to worry, Maybelle and her sisters win an election to stay in the city by the bay. Extremely enjoyable and under-rated.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ZZH2FX on December 6, 2007
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this is a great addition to your book collection. however, there is too much political history on the cable car and not enough story. my child WANTS to like it because it seems like the other. But never underestimate a child's awareness that something is not exactly right. so it's up to the reader to add a little zip to the story to get through some of the "petition/city hall/lawmaker" stuff.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I read this title to my first grade library class during a unit on the works of Virginia Lee Burton each year and they enjoy it. We discuss cable cars beforehand and then read it. They really appreciate the artwork and story. Another fine piece of children's literature by Mrs. Burton.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RachelZ3 on June 23, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Really a pity they didn't bother to format the book correctly. What you will see is a small image of the original page with the original text and then large text which doesn't even match the page.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Beam on April 18, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I just bought this book for my 4-year-old son (and myself!). He loves it. The book is about cable cars in San Francisco and is practically a history lesson. It's also fun!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Picky Pam on June 24, 2013
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I bought the book based on the subject and the author's other books. This one crams in too many facts to hold the interest of young kids. It's a cute story, and the info is interesting to me, but in order to hold the attention of my kids, I end up condensing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Hayes on March 9, 2008
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My kids love this book so much, we took them to San Francisco to ride the cable cars themselves and went to the cable car museum!
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