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Maybelle the cable car
Burton, Virginia Lee, 1909-1968.
Publication Information:
[Boston] : [Houghton Mifflin Co, ], [2001]

Physical Description:
1 audiocassette : analog + 1 book (42 pages : illustrations ; 23 x 24 cm)
Maybelle loves to carry people up and down the hilly streets of San Francisco, until the City Fathers decide that she should be taken out of service in the name of progress.
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 2.2 2 Quiz: 07497 Guided reading level: N.
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Format :
Sound Cassette

Sound Recording


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CASSETTE KIT 1270 Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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By recounting actual events in San Francisco's effort to keep the city's cable cars running, this classic story illustrates how the voice of the people can be heard in the true spirit of democracy.

Author Notes

Virginia Lee Burton was born August 30, 1909 in Massachusetts. She was an author and illusrator of children's books.

Her titles include Maybelle the Cable Car, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and Choo Choo: The Story of a Little Engine Who Ran Away. In 1942, she won the Caldecott Medal for her title, The Little House.

Burton died on October 15, 1968 in Massachusetts.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

School Library Journal Review

PreS-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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.