But I paused when I found "Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel." This is a classic children's book that was originally published in 1939. It's the story of a construction worker named Mike, who names his steam shovel Mary Anne. But soon no one wants a steam shovel anymore -- Mike and Mary Anne had been replaced by diesel and electric motors.
I guess the cool nights reminded us of the Steam Shovel.
Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel is a memorable childrens book by Virginia Lee Burton and it is about how a man named Mike Mulligan tries to prove to everyone that his steam shovel, Mary Anne, can dig up a huge cellar for the new town hall in one day. Virginia Lee Burton has done an excellent job at both illustrating and writing this terrific book about the importance of true friendship. Virginia Lee Burtons illustrations are just simply beautiful and colorful and I really loved the image of Mary Anne herself as she looks like an old, fashioned steam shovel and yet has a somewhat human expression as you see her smiling on every page.
At the time the story is written (1939) Mike Mulligan and Mary Anne, his steam shovel, are becoming outdated. It would take a hundred men at least a week to dig the cellar for our new town hall." ) Henry and the townpeople are swayed when Mike promises that "If we can't do it, you won't have to pay." The citizens of Bangerville and Bopperville, Kipperville and Kopperville plus all the people from Popperville come out to watch Mike and Mary Anne work hard under the hot sun. One small boy has been watching them, and he asks a really good question - "How are they going to get out?" Mike was in such a hurry, he forgot to make a way to get Mary Anne out of the cellar. Mike Mulligan can be the janitor, the steam shovel will keep the building warm in the winter, they won't have to buy a new furnace (Henry B.
Mike Mulligan is a classic children's book character: The Crammer. Anyway, that grasshopper was the classic Crammer who learns a lesson about not doing all his work at the last minute. If your financial life rides on one work day, you should probably spend less time steam-shoveling and making steamshovel-related bets and spend more time MAKING MONEY. As much as Mike Mulligan is a classic character, there's an even more popular children's character in this book: The Unmitigated Asshole. Some guy shows up to my town and says he'll dig a foundation in a day, what do I care if he uses a steam shovel? Swap is 70-80% sure that the transient did not survive that impact, all it took was a steam shovel doing an honest day's work to really turn things around for him.
"Mike loved Mary Anne. They manage to dig the cellar in a day - a job that would have taken a hundred men a week to do - but then realise that there's no way to get Mary Anne out of the hole she's finished digging. A little boy has a bright idea: why not leave her in the cellar and build the town hall above her? So that's what they do, and Mike Mulligan and Mary Anne live in the cellar and everyone goes to visit them and tell stories. Even the illustrations ratchet-up the nostalgia factor, not just because they're 30s style (and the details clearly show that in-between-eras problem, with cars alongside horse-drawn wagons), but because the picture of the town hall being built above Mary Anne and Mike Mulligan looks an awful lot like a prison.
It was used as a read-aloud by teachers who wanted to show us that hard work gets you what you want, and of course Mike had to go to smalltown USA to find a good home for himself and his shovel. Small children might find it a good read-aloud, though they won't know what a steam-shovel is or how it could be converted into a boiler.