Mike Mulligan and More: A Virginia Lee Burton Treasury

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Best known for the ever popular Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and the Caldecott Medal winner The Little House, Virginia Lee Burton wrote and illustrated stories that have been entertaining children, parents, and grandparents for more than sixty years. Many of her books—with themes that honor a simple way of life and celebrate heroes who endure through determination and by adapting to change—have become classic American tales. With an introduction by Barbara Elleman, author of Virginia Lee Burton: A Life in ...

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Overview

Best known for the ever popular Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and the Caldecott Medal winner The Little House, Virginia Lee Burton wrote and illustrated stories that have been entertaining children, parents, and grandparents for more than sixty years. Many of her books—with themes that honor a simple way of life and celebrate heroes who endure through determination and by adapting to change—have become classic American tales. With an introduction by Barbara Elleman, author of Virginia Lee Burton: A Life in Art,this handsome collection commemorates four of Burton’s most popular stories, each featured complete and unabridged. Their appeal today, as strong as when the books were first published, is a tribute to one of America’s most innovative illustrators, designers, and writers of stories for children.

A collection of four books by Caldecott Medal winner Virginia Lee Burton which feature characters who become heroes through determination and the ability to adapt to change.

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Lovers of classic picture books, is this the treasury for you! Four of Virginia Lee Burton's timeless tales are now combined into one wonderful anthology, with all the charm and simplicity of years gone by. The author's most famous story, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, leads the way and stars Mike and Mary Anne, who dig themselves into a pit and wind up warming town hall meetings. The Little House -- Burton's tale about a country house that gets an unwanted taste of the big city -- follows, with Katy and the Big Snow and Maybelle the Cable Car rounding it all out. Noted children's lit scholar and author Barbara Elleman also provides an insightful introduction to the treasury, describing the history behind Burton's books along with the impact they've made on so many young readers. Just right for Burton fans looking to teach a new generation of readers about stick-to-itiveness and accepting changes, Mike Mulligan and More is a steam-powered good time. Matt Warner
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A handsome, weighty volume preserves the pace and feel of the above title plus three more of the author's best-loved works-Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel (1939); Katy and the Big Snow (1943); and Maybelle the Cable Car (1952)-Mike Mulligan and More: A Virginia Lee Burton Treasury. Barbara Elleman's introduction precedes the quartet of tales.
Children's Literature
In this collection of four short stories by Virginia Lee Burton, the main characters are all inanimate objects such as a house and a cable car. Virginia Lee Burton wrote these stories from 1939 to 1952. This collection brings together her classics, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, The Little House, Katy and the Big Snow, and Maybelle the Cable Car, in a current edition that children can enjoy today. These objects go through a "life" journey that shows how objects can be forgotten or tossed aside by some people, while others continue to consider them valuable. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel is a wonderful story that shows how Mike finds another use for his steam shovel once it becomes outdated. In Maybelle the Cable Car, the people of San Francisco are able to save Maybelle from "extinction." She is allowed to continue to work even though technology provides other options for transportation. Virginia Lee Burton brings these inanimate objects to life by giving them feelings of usefulness. These stories are interesting but also beautifully illustrated. Burton surrounds the text with illustrations—a technique that helps bring the objects to life. Children will see how things can continue to be used even when they seem old and out-dated. 2002, Houghton Mifflin Company, Ages 5 to 8.
— Shannon Jacobs
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618256273
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 152,857
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.38 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel 11
The Little House 63
Katy and the Big Snow 111
Maybelle the Cable Car 155
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    Awful

    The words appear twice and do not always coincide with the correct pictures. It was difficult enough for me to read to my children. Sucks the joy out of story time. Barnes and Noble customer service good, though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2011

    I'm really torn.....

    Here's the thing - Virginia Lee Burton is known for the integration of words and text, and how they interplay on the page. I was concerned about how that would work in Nook form. My concern is well-founded, because this book does not work in "landscape" format. In order to adequately display the important connection between the words and pictures, whoever formatted these stories decided to include "snapshots" of the whole page, and then re-typed the text in larger, readable font. Sometimes the larger text appears on the same page as the smaller text and pictures, sometimes it appears on a page all by itself. This is distracting and could prove problematic for read alone, but might be just fine for parents reading aloud to their kids. I believe it is more important for Burton's work to be appreciated as she intended it - with the words streaming from the pictures as they act as a part of the illustration themselves, and for this reason I cannot "pan" this version. Besides, it's three in one, and for the price it's a bargain. After all - can anyone EVER go wrong with this author? *I don't think so*!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2007

    Truly Wonderful!

    This is an outstanding collection of four beautifully written and illustrated books. Could not be a better baby or young child gift!

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