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

Finally, the classic love story between man and machine who, together help build the town hall, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton (first published in 1939), comes to board book for a new generation. (Houghton, $7.99 40p ages 6 mos.-3 yrs. ISBN 978-0-618-84019-9; Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Author/illustrator Virginia Lee Burton's classic tale comes to life in this jubilant orchestral rendition. Composer and conductor Stephen Simon makes use of strings, brass, winds, and percussion in the telling of the tale, but no other instrument is used as effectively as the Irish bagpipes that present Mike's theme. Narrated by Yadu, this production faithfully follows the story of Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel, Mary Ann, as they prove their worth in the face of new technology. The 18-minute story appears twice on the CD-at the beginning and then again following segments that provide background information on the story, the author, and the composer's various musical techniques. There's also a vocal performance by opera singer James Shaffran of Mike Mulligan's theme song, a jazzy, infectious tune that will have kids singing along. Burton's story still strikes a chord despite its 1939 copyright, and Simon's joyful orchestration is sure to win new fans.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.