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Mailing May [Paperback]

By Michael O. Tunnell (Author) & Ted Rand (Illustrator)
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In 1914, because her family cannot afford a train ticket to her grandmother's town, May gets mailed and rides the mail car on the train to see her grandmother. Reprint.

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Nowadays it's no big deal or 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 won spunk, her father's ingenuity, and the U.S. mail.

00-01 CA Young Reader Medal Masterlist and 01 Colorado Children's Book Award (Pic. Bk Cat.)

Awards and Recognitions
Mailing May by Michael O. Tunnell & Ted Rand has received the following awards and recognitions -

  • Young Hoosier Book Award - 2000 Nominee - Grades K-3 category
  • California Young Reader Medal - 2001 Nominee - Primary category
  • Georgia Children's Book Award - 2001 Nominee - Picture Storybook category
  • Buckeye Children's Book Award - 2001 Nominee - Grades K-2 category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Mailing May by Michael O. Tunnell & Ted Rand has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 711
  • Publishers Weekly - 07/31/2000 page 97

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Greenwillow Books
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.2" Width: 11.02" Height: 0.12"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 5, 2000
Publisher   HarperTrophy
Age  4-8
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0064437248  
ISBN13  9780064437240  
UPC  046594005953  

Availability  0 units.

More About Michael O. Tunnell & Ted Rand

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Michael O. Tunnell is a professor of children's literature and the author of a number of books for young readers, including Mailing May, The Joke's on George, The Children of Topaz, Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift's "Chocolate Pilot," and Wishing Moon. He has also written several professional books in the field of education, including the college textbook Children's Literature, Briefly (with James Jacobs). Earlier in his life, Michael Tunnell taught twelve years in the public schools, as both an elementary school teacher and as a junior high school reading teacher and media specialist. Michael Tunnell is married and has four grown children and six grandchildren. He lives in Orem, Utah. To find out more about Michael Tunnell and his books, visit his website (www.michaelotunnell. com).

Michael O. Tunnell currently resides in the state of Utah.

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Baby-3 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > 1800s
3Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > Fiction > General
4Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > General
5Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Humorous
6Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Family Life > Multigenerational > Fiction
7Books > Subjects > Children > Series > Early Reader
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Reviews - What do customers think about Mailing May?

Mailing May: An Adaorable Story for One and All!  May 20, 2008
Mailing May is the delightful tale of how a family living in 1914 ingeniously figures out an inexpensive way to send their little girl to her grandmother's house for a visit. May desperately wants to see her Grandma Mary, but unfortunately her family does not have enough money to buy her a train ticket. She attempts to find a job at Alexander's department store, and is crushed when he has no positions for young children. After returning home distressed and upset, May is woken up that night by her father, who has a special surprise. Her parents bring her to the Post Office and successfully convince the postmaster to mail her as a package. Stamped and addressed, May boards the train escorted by her cousin Leonard, who is in charge of the mail. After a long journey across the state, the mailman and his precious package reach the end of the tracks. Leonard delivers the package to Grandma Mary who is eagerly awaiting her arrival. May is able to visit her dear Grandma, but only with a little help from the US Post Office.
Enjoyed the Idea  Mar 23, 2008
I think with the postal service (as with many other institutions we take for granted), children often wonder "What would happen if . . ." Michael O. Tunnell's "Mailing May" plays with this idea. May, a little girl in the book, wants to visit her grandmother, but her family doesn't have the money for a train ticket, so May's father and Leonard (the post-man) must come up with an alternative solution. Ultimately they mail May like a package, and even the grumpy conductor of the train can't help but laugh at the idea. That the story apparently is true, and not merely a "what if" tale (according to the back of the book) seems to only increase reader delight.

Note on the illustrations: The illustrations are 3/4-page watercolor paintings, with smaller paintings of postage stamps, photographs, tags, and railroad documents, thus adding to the story's sense of reality and historicity. They help establish the early 1900s setting, and develop the characters through facial expressions.
Charming History  Jan 12, 2007
This is a wonderful story, a true story, and made me think of the many afternoons with my dad when I was tiny singing the Guthrie tune "I'm gonna Mail Myself to You". The drawings are superb, they seem like paintings rather than illustrations in a children's book. Sweet and lovely. Worth every penny.
Mailing May  Mar 9, 2005
This is a very cute book and it has a good story line. I liked the pictures because they look like they were really taken in 1914. These pictures are also bright and colorful and ful of emotion. May is also a very spunky little girl, so that makes it even more fun. And i especially like how they worded it. This story is about a girl named May who really wants to see her grandmother who lives 1000 miles away. But her father and mother can't afford it.But they see how dissapointed ahe is. So they decided to mail her. This adventure is a great book for all boys and girls. Over all i liked it!
Mailing May  Mar 9, 2005
I really liked the book Mailing because it was an interesting, funny, and cute little story. It was about a five year old girl who didn't have $1.55 for a ticket to go visit her grandma. SO instead they mailes her as a baby chick through the US Postal Service. Instead it only cost her $0.53 than the $1.55 it would cost to buy a ticket. The pictures in this book were fantastic, they showed al ot of action. THis was a true story.

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