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Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel


Virginia Lee Burton

When the gasoline, diesel and electric shovels arrive, it looks like Mary Anne the steam shovel will be sold for junk, unless Mike can think of a really special job…

Classics, Picture story books

48 pages
215x232 mm
Out of Stock
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Pub. Date:
1st April 2007

Mike Mulligan and Mary Anne dug the great canals, railways and highways. They dug the foundations of skyscrapers and the landing fields for aeroplanes. But when the gasoline, diesel and electric shovels arrive, it looks like Mary would be sold for junk, unless Mike can think of a really special job…

Virginia Lee Burton created some of the most enduring classics of all children's literature. 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. Burton lived with her two sons and her husband, the sculptor George Demetrios, in Folly Cove, Massachusetts. Here she taught a class in design and from it emerged the Folly Cove Designers, a group of professional artisans who were internationally known. Virginia Lee Burton died in 1968.

Pictures and words combine appropriately to leave the same sense of satisfaction you get at the end of a good meal.


This race against time story, as Mike and his team shovel dig the

foundations for the new town hall, leaves you breathless. Ingenious, with a

perfect twist at the end.

Michael Morpurgo

This story of friendship, working together for a common goal, and the belief that together Mike and Mary Anne can do anything reinfirces the concepts of loyalty, determination and notgiving up on what you believe in. The illustrations are remarkable, all the more so because they were created with the same sort of wax crayons that children find in their crayon boxes today. However, it is the ingenious plot and clever ending that holds the reader's attention and keeps children coming back for more.

1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up
Julia Eccleshare

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.

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