Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Paperback | August 1, 2003

byVirginia Lee Burton

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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 ina 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.

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Hand picked by our Panel of Experts the IndigoKids Recommends program offers book suggestions designed to help you find the perfect book easily and confidently. A modern classic that no child should miss. "This is fun both in its text and gray crayon drawings. Mike Mulligan remains faithful to his steam shovel, Mary Anne, against the...

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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 sy...

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 Mic...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:48 pages, 8.49 × 9.25 × 0.24 inPublished:August 1, 2003Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0395259398

ISBN - 13:9780395259399

Appropriate for ages: 4

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful story and pictures Just the other day, after a long move between houses, the last box I was carrying jumped out of my arms and spilled all over the floor. Grumbling and muttering, I began to shove all the articles back into the box, when I saw something I haven't seen since I was little: Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel! Instantly, I opened the water-stained book with its pages ripped and dog-eared and began to read. This was mine and my brother's favorite book from childhood! We memorized the entire book from every picture to every word, and the poor thing was almost disintigrated. Thankyou so much for having this book! You are the only ones I have found as of yet to carry it and at such a wonderful price. I have since bought three copies; one for me, one for my brother, and one for our mother as a thankyou for all the reading of it long ago.
Date published: 2002-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I've Finally Found It! Now that I have a 3 year old son, I've finally found the book I've been looking for for him since he was born!! I remember my mom reading this to her kindergarden classes and how fascinating the story was. Now, I can read it to my son and see his eyes light up, too!!
Date published: 2000-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A cherished memory Throughout my brothers childhood, I read this book over and over. The best thing was I never got sick of reading it. Whether boy or girl, man or woman this book is terrific and will stay in your mind forever.
Date published: 1999-11-23

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From Our Editors

Hand picked by our Panel of Experts the IndigoKids Recommends program offers book suggestions designed to help you find the perfect book easily and confidently. A modern classic that no child should miss. "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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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 "