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Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel (original 1939; edition 2006)

by Virginia Lee Burton

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Title:Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
Authors:Virginia Lee Burton
Info:Sandpiper (2006), Edition: PAP/COM, Paperback, 48 pages
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Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton (1939)

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I remember this book from childhood and was VERY excited to find a pristine copy at a local thrift store. It's a classic from ages ago, but even modern kids will enjoy Mike and his steam shovel! ( )
  empress8411 | Aug 7, 2014 |
A classic. Mike Mulligan operates a steam shovel named "Mary Ann". When gasoline and diesel shovels start taking all the work in the city, Mike drives his shovel to a small town and offers to dig the foundation for their new town hall "in just one day". He digs "so fast and so hard" that he forgets to leave a way out! Luckily the townspeople offer to keep Mary Ann as the furnace for the new town hall.
  LizinHillsdale | Jul 31, 2014 |
My favorite book as a child - I'm looking forward to one day reading this to my own kids! ( )
  CKHarrigan | Jun 5, 2014 |
Mike Mulligan and his trusty Steam Shovel are renown throughout the city for their work on digging foundations for various building structures. Until one day...Steam Shovel digs too deep and is unable to get out. The whole town tried to help, but to no alas. Then Mike Mulligan helps Steam Shovel to be transformed into a steam heater instead to warm up the building rather than get buried alive under the foundation. Not only does Steam Shovel lose her purpose that day, but also finds one that she is just as content with. This is a great story to teach children to make the best out of the worst situations and having them share their experiences of when similar situations may have happened to them. ( )
  inovac13 | Mar 5, 2014 |
Story of a man and his steam shovel who believe they can still accomplish the work that the new machines can
  shaemakay | Dec 9, 2013 |
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Mike Mulligan had a steam shovel, a beautiful red steam shovel. Her name was Mary Anne. Mike Mulligan was very proud of Mary Anne.
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Scholastic Reading Level: 2.9.

Mike and Mary Anne are becoming obsolete; they agree to dig a cellar for the town hall in just one day. They are successful, but they forget to leave an exit route. Mary Anne is retrofitted to be the furnace for the town hall. Suspenseful and exciting, but long for a readaloud. Themes of accepting others for who they are and what they have to offer.
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Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel Mary Anne make quite a team. The inseparable duo digs the great canals for the big boats to travel through, cuts through the large mountains so trains can pass, and hollows out the deep cellars for the great skyscrapers in the city. But the introduction of gasoline, electric, and diesel shovels means big trouble for Mike and Mary Anne. No one wants an old-fashioned steam shovel like Mary Anne when a modern shovel can do the digging in half the time! Forced to travel far out of the city to look for work, Mike and Mary Anne find themselves in the little town of Popperville. Mike and Mary Anne make a bid to dig the cellar for the new town hall, promising the town that if they can't dig the cellar in just one day they'll accept no payment for the job. Will Mike and Mary Anne be able to complete the job? The whole town of Popperville turns out to watch. Virginia Lee Burton, author of such classic children's books as The Little House and Katy and the Big Snow, offers a touching portrait of love and dedication while commenting on the modernization that continuously shapes our lives. Hamilton's wonderful crayon drawings bring Mike and the indomitable Mary Anne to life. (Ages 3 to 6)

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Mike Mulligan proves that, although dated, his steam shovel is still useful.

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