Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

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Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel is a classic children's picture book written by Virginia Lee Burton. This tells the story of Mike Mulligan who digs deep canals with his shovel. Published in 1938 by HMH Books for Young Readers.
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  • Sunny Wu
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Kids of all ages will love reading this book because it appeals to both boys and girls. For boys, they'll love to see how things are built and all the cool machines, and for girls, there are wonderful illustrations that are wonderfully bright and shiny as steel. The book has the same beauty and touch as Burton's other classic "The Little House" and the story teaches readers to never give up on what you believe in and what get it you best shot as well as getting interested in the world of building, so dig on!"
    Crystal Williamson
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Personally I think we can do better than this book from 1939"
  • Shirley Coleman
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This delightful classic was written in 1939 at the height of America's industrial age. The story is a wonderful example of how perseverance can work! Mike and his steam shovel Mary Ann work hard to prove their value despite the appearance of diesel and gasoline engines."
  • Michelle Morris
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "A true classic! I am sure most of you remember this one from your childhood. This is a classic that deserves to be read in the classic way - a hardback book. I read it with my 2nd grader and she enjoyed it to no end. "
    Willie Hill
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This isn't the most amazing book because it doesn't have a lot of story telling for me that really makes it a must see and must read book."
  • Justin Lopez
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This was a childhood favorite of my brothers, so I purchased it a while ago for his children. It has been read over and over and delightfully received. My brother and his family visited recently and I had the opportunity to read it to the children. What a delight! It's still as good and evoked just as much wonder in them as I remember when I was a child. Great timeless children's book. Beautiful, hand drawn illustrations. Love it!"
  • Pamela Meyer
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "The book "Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel" is a classic childrens book found on many shelves of the younger generation. This book is eighty years old this year and has remained in the top 100 books to read for children. This book is an excellent candidate for the Weekly Reader Children's Book Club. "
    Judith Reyes
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel is an old children's picture book. This classic book follows Mike Mulligan as he digs deep canals. Even though it's older it's still an fun and engaging read for little kids today."
    Eric Lynch
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Every child should read this book!Such a classic story that I hold in very high regards."
  • Jordan Hoffman
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "I read this book as a kid and it's good to see it still gets new versions every couple of years. every child should be able to enjoy this book."
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