Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

by Virginia Lee Burton

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780395259399
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/28/1977
Series: Sandpiper Book Series
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 791
Product dimensions: 9.37(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.23(d)
Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About 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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"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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Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
ILvBksMusicArt More than 1 year ago
I'm probably dating myself, but I love this book and remember precisely the first time I discovered it. Long ago, in a much less tech-savvy world, there was a beloved television show for children called "Captain Kangaroo" - I'll let whoever else might remember Bunny Rabbit, Mr. Moose, ping-pong balls and Mr. Green Jeans tell their own kids about it, if they dare...my daughter swears I had to have been hallucinating! They often had books that the Captain would read, and they somehow "animated" the actual illustrations from the books - at least you believed things were moving, although most times it was just moving from one image to another. It was really a kind of serious topic for a children's book...Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel (whose name was Mary Anne) are hard workers that lose their job when progress comes marching into town. Progress means faster, better, sooner and Mike and Mary Anne can't keep up the pace. They take on one last job as a challenge - to dig out the town cellar for the city of Popperville. This book is definitely to be kept with other classics, like "Bedtime for Frances" and "Corduroy" - people from my generation will delight in seeing the old illustrations and stories, and I guarantee that anyone who reads this book will never forget how it ends. Perfectly.
t1bclasslibrary on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This is one of those classic children's stories that you're sure to have heard of. Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel did wonderfully- until the fancy new diesel shovels moved in and they couldn't get any work. They searched everywhere until finally they dug the foundation for a town-hall ultra fast, and the steam shovel got stuck down there. It was turned into a furnace and Mike became the janitor, and neither were out of work again.
relientkatie on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel, Mary Ann, have been working together for years, digging canals for boats and deep cellars for tall buildings. But now that gasoline-powered and electric shovels can do the same ammount of work in half the time of a steam shovel, no one wants to hire Mike and Mary. They look for work in the town of Popperville, where they're challenged to dig the cellar for the new town hall in just one day.The overarching moral of "Mike Mulligan" is that just because something is old doesn't mean it's obsolete, and it also includes positive messages about loyalty, hard work and perseverance - all wrapped up in an interesting story that's never preachy or heavy-handed. I'd recommend this book for pre-school-age children up to first grade. It's an especially good choice for kids who like trucks and machines.
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This is a timeless classic for children. Our son loved it, and we are now buying it for our great nephews as a baby present. A true treasure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books from about 70 years ago. Still remember the story line and am looking for a copy for our 8th grandchild. still have my copy somewherein this house we have lived in for 40 years.
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wendydarby More than 1 year ago
one book i remeber from childhood and enjoy reading with my kids. It still akes me choke up at the sweet ending and the enduring spirit.
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I love this book. It has a great message of heart and environmentalism. What a great way to recycle! I purchased this book for my best friend's son and I hope it becomes one of his favorites (he's only 2 months old).
AnaLeigh63 More than 1 year ago
Bought this for my nephew. He loved it! Wanted to read it over and over. Especially great for boys who are fans of all things construction-related. But it's a wonderful story for all. I was a fan as a little girl.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is there anyone who doesn't like this story? It is a great lesson for kids of all ages. I read this to my kids 20some years ago and I purchase it as a gift for baby showers, birthdays and this year as a donation to underprivilaged families.
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Terific old fashioned kids' book with great sound effects. Children love this book. It should be used to read aloud to a child. Teaches the good old fashioned ethic of hard work being rewarded.
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