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MILLIE WAITS FOR THE MAIL by Alexander Steffensmeier Kirkus Star


by Alexander Steffensmeier & illustrated by Alexander Steffensmeier & translated by Patmos Verlag

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-8027-9662-2
Publisher: Walker

Millie’s favorite time of day is after she’s been milked and the mail carrier arrives, because she loves nothing more than scaring the poor man and chasing him off the farm. Every day she finds a new hiding place: lying in the mud with the pigs; scrunched into a steel drum; lying in the outside bathtub that collects rainwater (her horns stick up and look like faucets). However, the farmer doesn’t share Millie’s idea of fun because all her packages arrive broken. The mail carrier has an idea: Maybe if he brings a package for Millie, she’ll stop. Instead, the package gets squashed under the tractor wheels and the mail carrier’s bike is busted, but can the horns of this dilemma be fixed? It’s Millie to the rescue. The detailed cartoons animate the lively, entertaining tale that will command repeated readings: A bug skateboards on the rim of the milk strainer; the woman farmer reads Farmer Vogue; inquisitive chickens, one wearing a deerstalker, one wearing a shower cap, sit in the water on top of a drum; a teakettle sports a real whistle in the spout. Millie is simply moo-velous, and readers will hope she has another story chewing in her cud. (Picture book. 4-7)