Mike Mulligan and More

Mike Mulligan and More

A Virginia Lee Burton Treasury

Book - 2002
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Best known for the ever popular Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and the Caldecott Medal winner The Little House, Virginia Lee Burton wrote and illustrated stories that have been entertaining children, parents, and grandparents for more than sixty years. Many of her books—with themes that honor a simple way of life and celebrate heroes who endure through determination and by adapting to change—have become classic American tales. With an introduction by Barbara Elleman, author of Virginia Lee Burton: A Life in Art,this handsome collection commemorates four of Burton’s most popular stories, each featured complete and unabridged. Their appeal today, as strong as when the books were first published, is a tribute to one of America’s most innovative illustrators, designers, and writers of stories for children.

Baker & Taylor
A wonderful collection of Virginia Lee Burton's classic stories includes Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, in which Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel, Mary Ann, after losing their jobs to the gasoline, electric, and diesel motor shovels, go to a little country town where they find that one new job leads to another.

& Taylor

A collection of four books by Caldecott Medal winner Virginia Lee Burton which feature characters who become heroes through determination and the ability to adapt to change.
In four classic stories, the steam shovel, the little house, the snow plow and the cable car are all loved and respected by their owners, but modern times threatens to make them worthless.

Publisher: Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 2002
ISBN: 9780618256273
Characteristics: 202 p. : col. ill. ; 23 x 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Elleman, Barbara


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JCLHannahJaneC Nov 07, 2014

I was sad when I finished this book. I had become such great friends with the steam shovel, Mike, Katy, Maybelle and especially The Little House.

This may be an ode to pre-industrial society, but it's also an ode to the acceptance of change. I appreciated the tidy-wrap-ups at the end, how peace and amiability were always just a compromise or an open mind away.

I do feel like The Little House's problem was only temporarily resolved, and I am haunted by this. It is such an eerie and exact representation of many industrialization-related problems that have been only partially solved with cheap band-aids that often exacerbate the problems or create new ones.

Ok, so The Little House story upset me a bit. But in a way that applauds Burton's impressive insightfulness. I think she would agree with me when I say that I wish she was wrong. But I am currently reading Poop Happened and from what I can understand industrialization had a little bit to do with making this world less plague-friendly and odiferous. So please pardon my industrialization-bashing party here. The Little House may have to keep moving each time progress springs up around it, but at least there aren't pails of poop in our houses and only a handful of plagues are lurking around *knock on wood*.

The illustrations are exceptional even without the knowledge that Burton made them with the same kind of waxy crayons that kids use today. The expressions are extraordinary and convey a wide variety of emotions, from happiness to pride and even dismay. If I were to ever be lucky enough to befriend a few machines and a house, these guys are at the top of my list.

Jul 16, 2010

If you loved Mike Mulligan and were looking for other great stories from this author, you will be disappointed as they are not nearly as satisfying.


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