Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton

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Since its publication in 1939, Virginia Lee Burton’s Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel has delighted generations of children. Together, Mike and his red steam shovel named Mary Anne dig the great canals, cut through high mountains, lower the hills, and even make deep holes for skyscrapers. With the advent of more modernized shovels, however, Mary Anne is going to be sold for junk! Thanks to Mike’s fierce loyalty to his friend, she is spared—and guaranteed a long-term job—when the intrepid duo digs a new town hall for the people of Popperville. Burton’s winsome crayon drawings are unforgettable. A classic!

 

About Virginia Lee Burton

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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. 9780618752386
 
Published October 12, 1977 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 48 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Good pictures Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1939 ...

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Publishers Weekly

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Burton's much-loved tale about Mike Mulligan and the hardworking steam shovel is recast as a symphony program for kids, with an original classical score.

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Common Sense Media

This fun book, filled with energetic crayon illustrations, teaches kids important lessons about faith and friendship.

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“[Mike] always said that she could dig as much in a day as a hundred men could dig in a week, but he had never been quite sure that it was true.” But now the gasoline- and electric-powered shovels and the new Diesel motor shovels were taking all the jobs, leaving Mike and Mary Anne far behind.

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