Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel: 60th Anniversary Edition  -     By: Virginia Lee Burton
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Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel: 60th Anniversary Edition

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 1977 / Paperback

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A modern classic that no child should miss. Mike Mulligan and his beloved steam shovel, Mary Anne, face an uncertain future as diesel-engine machines begin to take over their work. But they remain true to each other, and ultimately triumph. For ages 4 to 8.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 48
Vendor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: 1977
Dimensions: 8.56 X 9.26 (inches)
ISBN: 0395259398
ISBN-13: 9780395259399
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Ages: 4-8

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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.

Editorial Reviews

"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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