Cover image for Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel
Title:
Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel
Author:
Burton, Virginia Lee, 1909-1968, author.
Edition:
75th anniversary edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2014]

©1967
Physical Description:
44 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Summary:
When Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel, Mary Anne, lose their jobs to the gasoline, electric, and diesel motor shovels, they find a new opportunity in a very surprising place.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.4 0.5 5484.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.4 2 Quiz: 07654 Guided reading level: N.
ISBN:
9780544279926
Format :
Book

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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. When Mary Anne is destinednbsp;for the scrap heap, the duo must dig their way out of troublenbsp;in thisnbsp;timeless tale ofnbsp;friendship, old-fashioned hard work, and ingenuity. Includes bonus audio download performed by thenbsp;Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick.


Author Notes

Virginia Lee Burton was born August 30, 1909 in Massachusetts. She was an author and illusrator of children's books.

Her titles include Maybelle the Cable Car, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and Choo Choo: The Story of a Little Engine Who Ran Away. In 1942, she won the Caldecott Medal for her title, The Little House.

Burton died on October 15, 1968 in Massachusetts.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Publisher's Weekly Review

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. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-Mike and his trusty steam shovel, Mary Anne, are back in this 75th anniversary edition. First published in 1939, Virginia Lee Burton's classic picture book has remained a staple in library collections for generations. Beyond the fascination almost all young children have with extra large machines that "crowd," "hoist," "swing," and "dig," the deeper tale about a man battling against the relentless march of technological change is one that still resonates more than half a century later. This new edition features a snazzy red foil dust jacket and some brief back matter that relates how Burton came up with the ending to the story (with a little creative help from a friend's grandson.) As an added bonus, a free downloadable audiobook is available, read by stage and screen actor, Matthew Broderick. A perfect choice to replace well-worn copies of this beloved book. (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.