[nobe-l] NBP-Announce: Kids: Kids' Book Club Selection: Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
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Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
January 2010 Book Club Selection
Print/Braille edition with audio CD
In contracted braille for $9.99
A modern classic that no child should miss!
Mike Mulligan and his trusty steam shovel Mary Anne make quite a team.
The inseparable duo digs canals for the big boats to travel through,
cuts through large mountains so trains can pass, and hollows out deep
cellars for the great skyscrapers in the city. But with progress comes
new machines, and soon Mike and Mary Anne are out of work.
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!
This longtime children's favorite, first published in 1939, has never
lost its appeal. It's a touching portrait of love and dedication that
comments on the modernization that continuously shapes our lives.
"The ingenious solution to the problem - the sheer joy of the solution -
warms my heart as much today as it ever did. This is a wonderful way of
teaching children to persevere, to glory in their 'otherness' and to
grab life with both hands. It is a treasure, a classic because it
deserves to be."
- W. Carol
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