Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel A modern classic that no child should miss Since it was first published in Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel has delighted generations of children Mike and his trusty steam shovel Mary Anne d

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 prA 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.

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Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

  1. Virginia Lee Burton was an American illustrator and children s book author Burton produced seven self illustrated children s books She married Boston Museum school sculptor, George Demetrios, with whom she had two sons and lived in Folly Cove, Gloucester She died at 59.

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  1. One of the wonderful things about working in a library is that you never know when you re going to see some old friends Yesterday I found them in the children s section Every shelf had books that I had loved when I was a kid It made me smile to see them again.But I paused when I found Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel This is a classic children s book that was originally published in 1939 I think I first read it during a visit to my grandparents house, and it brought up some bittersweet memorie [...]

  2. Mike Mulligan has been my most favorite book ever since I was in grade school There was no other book that thrilled me like this one I loved the illustrations, I can still see that last picture and it still warms my heart Everyone should read this My sister and I discussed this book and the fond memories of it on our birthday cruise.I guess the cool nights reminded us of the Steam Shovel.

  3. When I first heard about this book, I was wondering to myself what was so special about a book being about a man and his steam shovel Well, when I read this book I was amazed at how this book turned out Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel is a memorable children s book by Virginia Lee Burton and it is about how a man named Mike Mulligan tries to prove to everyone that his steam shovel, Mary Anne, can dig up a huge cellar for the new town hall in one day Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel is a gre [...]

  4. Cute Would make a good read aloud, although some of the technological context of the time period might confuse modern children.ContentMisc.Mention of smoking a pipe.

  5. I just read this one for the very first time today at the request brute forcing of a co worker.So Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel, which has eyelashes TO DIE FOR, dig a big hole, but they get so whipped up in digging the hole that the steam shovel is stuck inside They come up with a solution of sorts I won t spoil it here, but let me just say that although it s clever, it s poor practice to rely on cleverness to alleviate the problems of poor planning Mike Mulligan is a classic children s boo [...]

  6. Yes, its true I dreaded the nights night after night after night when one of my sons would insist we read this book Why Because it s long, and detailed good for the child, terrible for a weary parent My boys memorized the story, and if I ever tried to skip a page, I was found out and the missing page was revisited.This book is a great gift to give to any child who is enthralled with heavy machinery, but there s to it than that At the time the story is written 1939 Mike Mulligan and Mary Anne, h [...]

  7. Childhood favorite, I remember hearing this on the Captain Kangaroo show and loving it ever since, not only because the steam shovel s name is Mary Anne spelled the same way as my name.

  8. One of my favorite books when I was growing up, and it was also one of the saddest stories I read growing up too.

  9. This was given to Hugh when he was born, a gift from friends of my husband s parents I only know remember this because they inscribed the book, something I wish people would do when they give books as gifts , and up until that moment I had completely forgotten all about this story It came back to me quickly when I saw the distinctive illustrations and read the story again after all these years I read it quite a lot as a kid, I loved it so It s a sad story, yet positive too.First published in 19 [...]

  10. Growing up in the Midwest in the 1960s, this book got a lot of attention at schools and libraries It was used as a read aloud by teachers who wanted to show us that hard work gets you what you want, and of course Mike had to go to smalltown USA to find a good home for himself and his shovel Burton s books also get a passing reference in Beezus and Ramona not by title, but if you ve read them you recognise the reference.Re reading it today, I still love the illustrations and the way the text is w [...]

  11. I have several nephews and as I turned each page in the book, my delight grew at the thought of them reading this wonderful story It s just the right type of book to capture a little boy s attention it has machinery, it has a competition and it has a victor First published in 1939, it possess all the charm of its time I love the illustrations too This is definitely worth owning Ages 4 Cleanliness a man smokes a pipe Like my reviews I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too These [...]

  12. An old classic Mike Mulligan has a steam shovel named Mary Ann Together they dig foundations, cellars and level ground all over the city and country for buildings and rail roads.But then the gas and electric come along and Mary Ann is not needed any Mike cannot bear to put her in the junk yard with the rest.They find a town that needs a new town hall Mike tells the man in charge that Mary Ann can do the job and if they don t do it by sun down they ll do it for free The bet is on.A little surpris [...]

  13. The children s books that were written in the 1930 s and 1940s were the ones we grew up with in the 60s and 70s This is one of those.Actually, I m not entirely sure this was one I read as a kid I just picked up a dollar clearance copy at Half Price Books in very nice condition with the page illustrations still in rich vivid color and good sharp edges and clean pages The title page has the author name next to the 1939 copyright, but it also says Weekly Reader edition, so I m not sure how close to [...]

  14. Machine operator Mike Mulligan and his trusty steam shovel Mary Annecleared the land for landing strips, cities, canals, train tracks, and roads They are an integral part of the industrial movement until they are replaced with modern electric and oil machinery Suddenly out of work, the friends travel to the country to dig the cellar of the their new town hall Mike and Mary Anne demonstrate how important determination and hard work are when faced with an obstacle With the descriptions about the c [...]

  15. What would happen if you took John Henry the combined it with The Ox Cart Man and The Little Engine That Could Why this beautiful book Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel follows the story of a man who doesn t have enough faith and of course an old steam shovel As they face the new and technological changes that have confronted them, Mike finds that his doubt grows and that there seems to be no room for their services any until a small town needs their help This is a story with many great lessons [...]

  16. This was one of my favorites as a kid I m not sure if that s because I liked it so much, or because this is a book my dad read to me a lot.I think this must have been one of my dad s favorite books as a kid It looks like the copy right is 1939 My dad was born in 41 Don t tell anyone.Also, he built us a steam shovel Well, it was made of wood, and didn t use steam But, it was really cool.Either way, I still liked this book a lot Enough to push it on my two daughters I think they liked it They like [...]

  17. This was an okay book It was not one I grew up on or raised my kids with I like that it is a story about progress and invention that also show there are winners and losers But even though it came out allright ish in the end, I didn t appreciate the ending Art was okay, writing could have been a little better.

  18. This delightful book tells of the adventures of Mike Mulligan and his trusty steam shovel Mary Anne as the work to build a new town hall Has themes of cooperation, friendship, and industrial revolution The illustrations are beautifully done.

  19. This was an interesting story with an odd, but touching ending Our girls enjoyed that the steam shovel has eyes, and seems to be alive, but didn t understand why they d build the town hall around her Cute story overall.

  20. This is another book that would be good for a professional day It illustrates what jobs a steam shovel does It shows that steam shovels are a part of other tools that complete a job It can help children learn to play together or as a team.

  21. This is a great story of finding your place in the world My kids loved the pictures and cheered right along with all the townspeople.We ve read this book several times It s one we ll read again I m sure.

  22. Classic from before I was born Mike and Mary Ann build roads and buildings Now they are obsolete but Mike has a way of keeping Mary Ann from the scrap heap I remember watching Captain Kangaroo as he read this book It was fun then It is fun now My brother loved Mary Ann and Mike.

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