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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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This book is about a worker and his Steam Shovel. Through the book the shovel faces struggles of feeling useless because he has become outdated and bigger and better Steam shovels have arrived on the scene. This book teaches kids to push persevere through the tough times in life.
The illustrations in this book is not very colorful, but depicts the Steam Shovel working on a construction site. ( )
  jproc55 | Jan 27, 2016 |
Damn yous, technological advancements! Your fancy electric and gasoline steam shovels! Ah, but our old friend makes one feel right at home in the end, eh? ( )
  Michael_Rose | Jan 10, 2016 |
Mike Mulligan and Mary Anne, the bestest diggers in all the land. ( )
  BrynDahlquis | Jan 2, 2016 |
29 months - an oldie but a goodie and now we own a first edition from 1939. ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
I liked this book for a couple of reasons. First, the writing is organized really well, which allows the book to flow from page to page without any unneeded sentences. This is shown through repetition of the beginning of the book to other pages numerous times. The author uses the same concept again when she has people coming out to support them in the end as the book did in the beginning. This all is also considered patterned language, but I would consider the language used in this book to be one that needs to be read out loud to young children, rather than one they can read themselves. From my point of view, they would get confused when the pattern changes and so it would not hold their attention as it is a wordy book. Secondly, this book has a well thought out and a clear plot to the story. The book has a rising action of the main characters starting out strong, them coming to a problem, finding a solution, coming to another problem and the final solution for all their problems. The plot is easy to follow without any plot lines that do not make sense, which allows the book to flow. The big idea behind this book is persistence: never give up, there is always something you can do, always something that you can do to make everyone happy. ( )
  taylorsmith11 | Sep 1, 2015 |
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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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