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Mail by the Pail

By Colin Bergel
Illustrated by Mark Koenig

Award Winner

Great Lakes, Young Readers

Great Lakes Books Series

Hardback
Published: October 2000
ISBN: 9780814328903
Pages: 32 Size: 8.5x11 Illustrations: 31
Review

[A] charming and informative story for children...a much-needed contribution to children's literature.

— Gail P. Beaver

In the port city of Manistee on the coast of Lake Michigan lives a girl named Mary. Mary's father is a sailor who works on a lake freighter called the Big Laker. The Big Laker delivers iron, stone, and coal to the many cities along the Great Lakes. Mary's father will not be home this year for his birthday and Mary wants to send him a card. But Mary's card can't be delivered by a mail carrier like other letters. Her father gets his mail by a pail!
This is a delightful story that illustrates the mail delivery system for Great Lakes freighters. The J. W. Westcott Company operates the mailboat for the U.S. Postal Service marine post office in Detroit —the only mailboat that delivers mail to freighters while they are moving.
The colorful pictures and expressive words in Mail by the Pail will interest young readers as well as anyone living in the states that border the Great Lakes.

Colin Bergel is a merchant marine deck officer on the Great Lakes and works for the Oglebay Norton Company. When he is not sailing he lives with his family in Manistee, Michigan. This is his first children’s book.

Mark Koenig illustrated Our Michigan Adventure (Hillsdale Publishing, 1999) and has also illustrated a poster for the city of Manistee. He works in the paper industry and lives with his family in Manistee, Michigan.

[A] charming and informative story for children...a much-needed contribution to children's literature.

– Gail P. Beaver, Librarian, Huron High School

  • 2001 Michigan Notable Book Awards - Result: 1 of 20 selected annually
  • 2001 State History Award - Result: Winner in the category of Publications: Books: University & Commercial
  • 2001 State History Award - Result: Winner in the category of Publications: Books: University & Commercial
  • 2001 Michigan Notable Book Awards - Result: 1 of 20 selected annually