MIKE MULLIGAN AND HIS STEAM SHOVEL, by Virginia Lee Burton
Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel Mary Anne are a great team, working hard to complete many important projects together. But when newer, more advanced shovels came along, no one wants to hire Mike and Mary Anne anymore — until Mike hears that the nearby town of Popperville needs someone to dig the cellar of their new town hall. In an effort to save Mary Anne from the gravel pit, the inseparable pair heads out once more.
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First Edition, First Printing, with listed on the title page. Though price-clipped, the dust jacket is identifiable as a first issue jacket, bearing an ad for Choo-Choo on the rear flap, and a yellow spine that just has the book title followed by an abbreviation for the publisher, "H. CO", with no mention of the author's name. In Very Good condition. Clean text. Pages show light signs of handle, and are lightly age toned, with light rubbing to a few.
First published in , during the Great Depression , it features Mike Mulligan, a steam shovel operator, and his steam shovel Mary Anne. It is considered a classic favorite of children's literature: based on a online poll, the National Education Association ranked the book as one of its "Teachers' Top Books for Children. After many years of working successfully together, Mike and his classic steam shovel Mary Anne face competition from more modern gasoline, electric, and diesel motor shovels. Seeking an area of the country where his classic steam shovel can still find work, Mike finds a small town that is about to build a new town hall. The authorities react with disbelief when Mike claims that he and his steam shovel Mary Anne can dig the cellar in a single day; they protest that it would take a hundred men a week. Mike insists that Mary Anne can finish the job in one day, though he privately has some doubts. At sunup the next day, Mike and Mary Anne begin work and just complete the task by sundown.
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel (ISBN ) is a children's book by Virginia Lee Burton. First published in , during the Great Depression.
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