Friday, April 19, 2013

Bedtime Story: Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Synopsis: "A modern classic that no child should miss. Since it was first published in 1939, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel has delighted generations of children. Mike and his trusty steam shovel, Mary Anne, dig deep canals for boats to travel through, cut mountain passes for trains, and hollow out cellars for city skyscrapers -- the very symbol of industrial America. But with progress come new machines, and soon the inseparable duo are out of work. Mike believes that Mary Anne can dig as much in a day as one hundred men can dig in a week, and the two have one last chance to prove it and save Mary Anne from the scrap heap. What happens next in the small town of Popperville is a testament to their friendship, and to old-fashioned hard work and ingenuity."

My Review: This is such a classic I couldn't leave it out of Munchkin's library. I know I loved this one as a kid, even though all I could remember was that Mary Anne ended up in the basement of the new building with a new job. I love the story about how with hard work and others working with you there is so much you could accomplish. I really like how even though Mary Anne is becoming obsolete, Mike still gets her work and they eventually find a new job for her. I love the illustrations though they are a little small for really young ones, but I am sure Munchkin will eventually love this book.

My Rating: A fantastic book from nearly everyone's childhood (at least the people I have known). I give this one a rating of Three Paws and a Stump Wag!

Good Night! Sweet Dreams!

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