Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

by Virginia Lee Burton

Paperback(60th Anniversary ed.)

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780395259399
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/12/1977
Series: Read Along Book & CD Series
Edition description: 60th Anniversary ed.
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 15,139
Product dimensions: 9.37(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.17(d)
Lexile: 580L (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 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 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.
awiltenburg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is about a pair of front loaders that dug so well but didnt leave a way out. A passerby noticed how well they had dug ad tried to repurpose them. Grades 2-3.
DanieXJ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If I could give this more than five stars, I would. It is a heartwarming and amazing story on multiple levels. Shows friendship, and caring, and it even shows what it is to be a community, which, these days, can be hard to find.
gaylagoff on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great Book for young children. It is one of Amy's favorites.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Liam loves this! The story of Mike and his beloved steam shovel is a little long for him at one and a half, and the story of Mary Ann being ousted by more modern machines is over his head, but he took to Mike right away, and has been asking for it a lot.
tshrum06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a good example of historical fiction. As far as I know, Mike is not a real person, so it focuses on historical times (the time when steam engines still were around but were becoming more and more obsolete), but not on a true person. It accurately portrays the people and happenings of that time.Age Appropriateness: primary, intermediateMedia: pencil
seoulful on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another childhood classic originally published in 1939 and now being reprinted. Here children are taught that hard work and persistence will win the day. We also learn that with the steam shovels being replaced by gasoline powered shovels that perhaps the tried and true is not completely obsolete despite the new inventions. An exciting story for children as Mike and his steam shovel try to dig a cellar in one day and the whole town becomes involved in cheering them on.
t1bclasslibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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).