Would you like to read a delightful story about a San Francisco cable car named Maybelle?
Maybelle the Cable Car by Virginia Lee Burton, author of The Little House and Katie and the Big Snow takes us on a trip to San Francisco during a time when cable cars were threatened to become obsolete.
Bill the Bus is convinced that he is the future and he doesn't need cable cars around anymore.
But some people wanted to keep the cable cars around.
What would happen?
You'll have to read the book and find out.
Your children will love the story and the enchanting illustrations. After you read the book aloud, it's time for some hands-on learning fun.
Here are some suggestions based on Maybelle the Cable Car.
Look up pictures of cable cars from the 1800s.
Find out how cable cars helped with the steep hills of San Francisco.
Look at pictures of San Francisco through the ages. How did the city change and grow?
Compare and contrast cable cars, trolleys, and buses. How do they each work? How big are they? How do the brakes work?
Make a cable car out of a cardboard milk carton.
Look at cables
Plan a pretend trip to San Francisco. What will you pack? What will you do while you are there?
Watch a YouTube video about cable cars in San Francisco.
Find San Francisco on a globe.
Cut out pictures of trolleys, cable cars, and buses. Sort them into 3 piles.
Paint a picture of a cable car.
Draw a picture of a cable car.
Ride a bus, cable car, or trolley.
Happy reading aloud.
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