by Catherine Siracusa
Reading Level 1.8
|Setting:||Delivery route and neighborhood of Mitchell the mailman|
|Characters:||Mitchell the mailman, Mr. Pig, Mr. Owl, Mrs. Groundhog, Mrs. Mouse, and the Beaver Family|
|Plot:||Mitchell loves delivering the mail, but sadly, his mailbox is always empty. He really wishes he would receive a letter. One day he has to deliver a special package to Bobby Beaver for his birthday. Unfortunately, there's a terrible rainstorm, and Mitchell catches a bad cold. Mitchell has to stay in bed for two days and cannot do his job. The people on his route miss him very much!|
|Solution:||Mitchell receives a great deal of mail because everyone misses him so much!|
|Summary:||Mitchell feels bad because he delivers mail to everyone else, but he never gets any mail in his mailbox. He finds out just how much he is appreciated when he comes down with a cold and misses work for a few days.|
|Curriculum Connections:||Language arts—letter writing unit. This book would be an excellent introduction to a letter writing unit. The teacher can instruct the class on the mechanics of letter writing including the greeting, the body of the letter, and the salutation. Students could write letters to their parents and tell them what they have learned in a particular subject.|
Ask your students: How many have ever received a letter? Is it fun to get mail? Why is that? What kind of mail have you received? How do you get your mail? Post office box? Mailbox? Delivered by truck? Community mailboxes?
Ask your students to do the following exercise: The mail must be delivered no matter what the weather is. Close your eyes and picture the worst rainstorm you have ever been in. What does it feel like? Would you want to deliver the mail in that kind of weather?
Tell your students to look at Mitchell's uniform in the picture on the cover of the book. Ask what they think he does for a living. Show the students the cover of the book. Ask students why they think Mitchell is looking so sad and forlorn.
Ask students: How could we find a true (nonfiction) book about the U.S. Postal Service?