Story and Pictures by Virginia Lee Burton
Complete, unabridged story presented as a 6.75"x 7.5" sturdy board book.
I think this classic story, one which I grew up with and then shared with my own now-grown children, has a special meaning for our very modern, fast-paced times. Here is a portrait of a wholesome parternship between a human being (Mike) and the machine that allows him to earning a living building things that help other people (Mary Ann, the steam shovel). As they work together canals, roads, and skyscrapers are built that allow people to do an share with each other. But then new, faster machines come along it looks as though Mary Ann is destined for the scrap heap. But Mike and Mary Ann’s other friends transform this looming sad fate into a joyous reinvention of Mary Ann’s purpose, carrying Mike into a new, still-helpful life as well.
Children have loved this book for almost 80 years for its warm-hearted way of showing how the modern world doesn’t have to be a heartless one. I think the time has come for Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel to be dusted off and read again to a new generation that needs to hear its story.
Very highly recommend for ages 3 and up.