Mike Mulligan and More

Mike Mulligan and More

A Virginia Lee Burton Treasury

Book - 2002
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A collection of four stories in which a man and his steam shovel prove their usefulness after they are deemed obsolete, a little house watches the countryside change into a big city, a tractor saves the day by plowing the city streets after a heavy snowfall, and a cable car is saved by the voting public after there is a threat made against her existence.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2002
ISBN: 9780618256273
Branch Call Number: JP Burto 6939
Characteristics: 202 p. :,col. ill


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JCLHannahJaneW Nov 07, 2014

I was sad when I finished this book. I had become such great friends with the steam shovel, Mike, Katy, Maybelle and especially The Little House.

This may be an ode to pre-industrial society, but it's also an ode to the acceptance of change. I appreciated the tidy-wrap-ups at the end, how peace and amiability were always just a compromise or an open mind away.

I do feel like The Little House's problem was only temporarily resolved, and I am haunted by this. It is such an eerie and exact representation of many industrialization-related problems that have been only partially solved with cheap band-aids that often exacerbate the problems or create new ones.

Ok, so The Little House story upset me a bit. But in a way that applauds Burton's impressive insightfulness. I think she would agree with me when I say that I wish she was wrong. But I am currently reading Poop Happened and from what I can understand industrialization had a little bit to do with making this world less plague-friendly and odiferous. So please pardon my industrialization-bashing party here. The Little House may have to keep moving each time progress springs up around it, but at least there aren't pails of poop in our houses and only a handful of plagues are lurking around *knock on wood*.

The illustrations are exceptional even without the knowledge that Burton made them with the same kind of waxy crayons that kids use today. The expressions are extraordinary and convey a wide variety of emotions, from happiness to pride and even dismay. If I were to ever be lucky enough to befriend a few machines and a house, these guys are at the top of my list.

Jul 16, 2010

If you loved Mike Mulligan and were looking for other great stories from this author, you will be disappointed as they are not nearly as satisfying.

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