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Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

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Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

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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 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.

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 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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  • ATOS:
    4.4
  • Lexile:
    820
  • Interest Level:
    LG
  • Text Difficulty:
    3 - 4

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About the Author-
  • 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 Michael, and her husband George Demetrios, the sculptor, in a section of Gloucester, Massachusetts, called Folly Cove. Here she taught a class in design and from it emerged the Folly Cove designers, a group of internationally known professional artisans. She is the author of many classic children's picture books, including MIKE MULLIGAN AND HIS STEAM SHOVEL and KATY AND THE BIG SNOW.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    September 13, 2004
    Burton's much-loved tale about Mike Mulligan and the hardworking steam shovel is recast as a symphony program for kids, with an original classical score. Simon conducts strings, woodwinds and percussion to emphasize key moments in the story and adds some unusual elements as well. Paul Brennan plays the Uilleann pipes (Irish bagpipes) for Mike Mulligan's theme. Paying homage to Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf
    , a note in the CD booklet and narrated by Simon describes the other musical themes and various sound effects, such as the sound of the steam shovel (created by the release valve on a scuba tank). On a lively, informative second track, executive producer Bonnie Ward Simon tells listeners about Burton and her inspiration for the story. Yadu's forceful and melodic voice is a good match for the music, but his delivery is sometimes affected and flamboyant, a performance better suited for the stage than for audio. As a bonus, opera singer James Shaffran delivers a jaunty rendition of "Mike Mulligan Song." This diverting musical excursion will be welcomed in both classrooms and family libraries. Ages 5-up.

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