By Brian Biggs
Tinyville Town: I'm a Mail Carrier is one book in a planned series featuring workers in the fictional Tinyville Town. Small board books will focus on individual occupations, while larger ones will focus on community members working together. According to the author's website, characters will appear across books. For example, in the book, I'm a Mail Carrier, the mail carrier delivers mail to the Mayor, the beauty salon, the architect, and the veterinarian. These people and shops will likely appear in future books, showing a true sense of community. The characters are of varying races, genders, ages, and ethnicities. Cartoon illustrations are simple, colorful, and cheerful. Sparse text,
"I carry all kinds of mail for the folks of Tinyville Town,"is enhanced with dialogue in word bubble format. When the mail carrier delivers her children to their teacher at school, she calls out,
"Special delivery!"To which the teacher responds,
"Ha ha! Good morning."A full set of these books would be a welcome addition to any library and much appreciated by preschool teachers—and there's a teacher's guide, too.
(My copy of I'm a Mail Carrier was provided by the publisher at my request. It is currently entertaining my 3-year-old grandnephew. 😃)