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The Mighty Lalouche by Matthew Olshan and Sophie Blackall

Set in Paris in the early 1900s, a humble postman named Lalouche lost his job when the postal service starting using electric cars. He starts an unexpectedly successful boxing career, to support himself and his beloved pet finch, Genevieve.  Just when he's declared champion, he's asked to come back to his postal job. (Those electric cars proved problematic on garret stairs.) It's an inspiring story of an underdog -- and of jobs that can't be replaced by technology. Beware that your kids will undoubtedly imitate the boxing moves. But the beautiful illustrations are well worth it.