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Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
by Virginia Lee Burton
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Reviewed by: John L. Hoh, Jr.

How does one face changing times and changing technologies? How does one view old age? When is something no longer useful?

In this delightful tale of Mike Mulligan and his anthropomorphic steam shovel (named Mary Anne), we see a man confident that he and his steam shovel can "dig more in one day than a hundred men can dig in a week."

But with the advent of gasoline, diesel, and electric (electric?) steam shovels, Mike and Mary Anne are soon looking and begging for work. There was no way Mike would let his beloved be cast upon the scrap heap! (Very intense look on Mary Anne's face when she sees the fate of other steam shovels.)

Going out of the city in search of work, Mike and Mary Anne chug into Popperville. Now, the residents are planning on building a new town hall - but haven't contracted the excavating work yet. So Mike offers his services. When the townspeople hedge, Mike makes this guaranty - We'll dig this basement in one day, or you won't have to pay us! Can Mike and Mary Anne make this deadline? Read the book and find out.

To be sure some things stretch the imagination - but that's the beauty of children's books! Your mind isn't constrained by various petty details! And that's what makes this book exciting.


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