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Maybelle the Cable Car by Virginia Lee Burton
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Jun 25, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: childrens-picture-books, history
Recommended for: fans of 1910-1950 San Fransico and cable cars
Read in June, 2009

I probably would have given this book three stars if it weren't for the nostalgic appeal. Burton wrote "Katy and the Big Snow" and "Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel" and "The Little House" which I doted on as a kid. Also, I have a soft spot for San Francisco in the 19-teens as I love that era in history and my grandpa was a boy there then. This story is cute and a good little history lesson, though nothing especially splendid. I didn't realize that in the late 1940s the cable cars were almost stripped from San Francisco and it took petitions and ballot measures by the citizens and fans of San Fran near and far to keep these symbols of the city in operation. (It's especially interesting to read this now since when the book was written in 1952 the events were still quite recent!)
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Kathryn Oh, you must indeed! I actually came across it at a darling independent bookstore in Mill Valley, just outside SF.

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