Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

illus. by Virginia Lee Burton. 56p. Houghton Harcourt. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780544279926.
PreS-K—Mike and his trusty steam shovel, Mary Anne, are back in this 75th anniversary edition. First published in 1939, Virginia Lee Burton's classic picture book has remained a staple in library collections for generations. Beyond the fascination almost all young children have with extra large machines that "crowd," "hoist," "swing," and "dig," the deeper tale about a man battling against the relentless march of technological change is one that still resonates more than half a century later. This new edition features a snazzy red foil dust jacket and some brief back matter that relates how Burton came up with the ending to the story (with a little creative help from a friend's grandson.) As an added bonus, a free downloadable audiobook is available, read by stage and screen actor, Matthew Broderick. A perfect choice to replace well-worn copies of this beloved book.

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