Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

One of my favorite books from my childhood was Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel.

I recently ran across a copy of the book at the library book sale and I just had to take it home with me.

Mike Mulligan, Steam Shovel, Virginia Lee Burton, Children's Books, IllustrationsMike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel was written and illustrated by Virginia Lee Burton and was published in 1939.

I really like this story of Mike Mulligan and Mary Anne who is his steam shovel.

The story gives a little history of steam shovels and ends with Mary Anne’s last dig and how she is retired. As always new technology comes along and replaces what was once cutting edge.

I will not give away the exact ending as I want you to pick up this fascinating book and give it a read.

I would definitely recommend this book to any young reader who is interested in technology.

Mike Mulligan, Steam Shovel, Virginia Lee Burton, Children's Books, IllustrationsThe illustrations in the book are absolutely wonderful.

Virginia Lee Burton also wrote and illustrated two more of my favorite childhood books.

The Little House published in 1942 is about a little house in the country that gets surrounded by a city and eventually sits between two skyscrapers. The book has a happy ending as the Little House is moved back to the country.

The Little House won the 1943 Caldecott Medal.

Katy and the Big Snow was published in 1943 and tells the story about a red crawler tractor named Katy.

Burton also illustrated books for other authors.

I also found out something interesting about Virginia Lee Burton’s family. Her older half brother Harold Hitz Burton was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. He was appointed in 1945 by President Harry Truman.

Now to find copies of The Little House and Katy and the Big Snow to add to my collection.

What are some of your favorite childhood books?


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One Response to Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

  1. Any of the Disney Little Golden Books, such as Johnny Appleseed. I had the companion record, the chorus of which qualifiers as an “ear bug”!

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