Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel   -     By: Virginia Lee Burton
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Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 1977 / Hardcover

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In print now for almost forty years, the story of Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel is as fresh today as when it was published- and it still speaks directly to children, "This is fun both in its text and gay crayon drawings. Mike Mulligan remains faithful to his steam shovel, Mary Anne, against the threat of the new gas and Diesel-engine contraptions and digs his way to a surprising and happy ending."

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Format: Hardcover
Vendor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: 1977
Dimensions: 8 X 9 (inches)
ISBN: 0395169615
ISBN-13: 9780395169612
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 4-8

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Publisher's Description

A modern classic that no child should miss. Since it was first published in 1939, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel has delighted generations of children. Mike and his trusty steam shovel, Mary Anne, dig deep canals for boats to travel through, cut mountain passes for trains, and hollow out cellars for city skyscrapers -- the very symbol of industrial America. But with progress come new machines, and soon the inseparable duo are out of work. Mike believes that Mary Anne can dig as much in a day as one hundred men can dig in a week, and the two have one last chance to prove it and save Mary Anne from the scrap heap. What happens next in the small town of Popperville is a testament to their friendship, and to old-fashioned hard work and ingenuity.

Author Bio

Virginia Lee Burton (1909-1968) was the talented author and illustrator of some of the most enduring books ever written for children. The winner of the 1942 Caldecott Medal for THE LITTLE HOUSE, Burton's books include heroes and happy endings, lively illustrations, and a dash of nostalgia. She lived with her two sons, Aristides and Michael, and her husband George Demetrios, the sculptor, in a section of Gloucester, Massachusetts, called Folly Cove. Here she taught a class in design and from it emerged the Folly Cove designers, a group of internationally known professional artisans. She is the author of many classic children's picture books, including MIKE MULLIGAN AND HIS STEAM SHOVEL and KATY AND THE BIG SNOW.

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"This is fun both in its text and gray crayon drawings. Mike Mulligan remains faithful to his steam shovel Mary Anne, against the threat of the new gas and diesel-engine contraptions, and digs his way to a surprising and happy ending." The New Yorker

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    A classic, every home should have one.
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    This is a charming story about Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel, in the times when bigger fancier machines are taking the place of steam machinery. It is an endearing tale of a hard worker and his relationship with his steam shovel, who he affectionately calls Mary Anne. They go looking for a job, and the author depicts the characters Mike meets with real humor. They finally land a job, and so the tale begins. The story is watched excitedly by a young boy who calls various members of the town to watch too. Readers will appreciate the simple story of things from another time when life was slower, and children will enjoy it, just as they have for years. (It was one of my husbands childhood favorites)
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