Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

by Mary Ann Kelley

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Burton

Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel Mary Anne make quite a team. The inseparable duo digs the great canals for the big boats to travel through, cuts through the large mountains so trains can pass, and hollows out the deep cellars for the great skyscrapers in the city. But the introduction of gasoline, electric, and diesel shovels means big trouble for Mike and Mary Anne. No one wants an old-fashioned steam shovel like Mary Anne when a modern shovel can do the digging in half the time! Forced to travel far out of the city to look for work, Mike and Mary Anne find themselves in the little town of Popperville. Mike and Mary Anne make a bid to dig the cellar for the new town hall, promising the town that if they can't dig the cellar in just one day they'll accept no payment for the job. Will Mike and Mary Anne be able to complete the job? The whole town of Popperville turns out to watch. Virginia Lee Burton, author of such classic children's books as The Little House and Katy and the Big Snow, offers a touching portrait of love and dedication while commenting on the modernization that continuously shapes our lives. Hamilton's wonderful crayon drawings bring Mike and the indomitable Mary Anne to life. amazon.com

Author: Virginia Burton

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Online Units and Resources for Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

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Worksheets for Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
"In celebration of Virginia Lee Burton's classic story, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Houghton Mifflin has prepared a series of reproducible worksheets for use in or out of the classroom. These enjoyable activities help to incorporate this beloved c

Mike Mulligan Study Buddy
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Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel Activities
Houghton Mifflin has prepared a series of reproducible worksheets for use in or out of the classroom.

Supplemental Book List
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Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
STORIES IN MUSIC™: Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel Lesson Plans. Grades K-1 and Grades 2-3.

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Uses Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. Grade Level - 3/4

Why are we featuring this book?

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel is a book featured in Five in a Row, a literature-based unit study curriculum. Many families use FIAR for all but the grammar/reading and math, and others use it in conjunction with other resources. Above is information about the author and illustrator, story summaries, and links to lesson plans and websites that are great go-alongs for Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. Please note that these resources are meant to complement, not replace, the Five in a Row units. The Five in a Row volumes are inexpensive and well worth the investment.

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