by Virginia Lee Burton
A modern classic that no child should miss, "Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel "continues to delight generations of children. Mike and Mary Anne work together to dig deep canals for boats to travel through, cut mountain passes for trains, and hollow out cellars for city skyscrapers--there is nothing they can't handle! This lasting testament to friendship, old-fashioned hard work, and ingenuity will now be available in a sturdy, oversize lap board-book edition with abbreviated text, perfect for reading to and sharing with young children.
"This is fun both in its text and gray crayon drawings. Mike Mulligan remains faithful to his steam shovel Mary Anne, against the threat of the new gas and diesel-engine contraptions, and digs his way to a surprising and happy ending." -The New Yorker
About the Author:
Virginia Lee Burton (1909-1968) was the talented author and illustrator of some of the most enduring books ever written for children. The winner of the 1942 Caldecott Medal for THE LITTLE HOUSE, Burton's books include heroes and happy endings, lively illustrations, and a dash of nostalgia. She lived with her two sons, Aristides and Michael, and her husband George Demetrios, the sculptor, in a section of Gloucester, Massachusetts, called Folly Cove. Here she taught a class in design and from it emerged the Folly Cove designers, a group of internationally known professional artisans. She is the author of many classic children's picture books, including MIKE MULLIGAN AND HIS STEAM SHOVEL and KATY AND THE BIG SNOW.