Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 32

Picture Book: Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Author & Illustrator: Virginia Lee Burton

Summary: Mike and his steam shovel, Mary Anne, are hard workers, but modern machines begin to replace them. Mike takes his beloved mechanical partner to Popperville where a cellar for a new City Hall needs to be built quickly. Mary Anne is able, with much encouragement from on-lookers, to dig the cellar in a day. However, an exit strategy is forgotten. A young fan suggests that Mary Anne & Mike transform into a furnace & janitor for the new building.

Hanna’s Comments: This modern classic is a testament to partnership, hard work, and adaptation to change. With so much fast-paced change in our world, this book can be a comfort to those who remember the book from long ago, and it will delight new readers.

Publisher & Date of Publication
: Houghton Mifflin, 1939

Age and Grade Appropriateness
: 4 and up, Pre and up

# of Pages: 56

Available in Spanish? Yes

Formats other than Book: tablet, video, audio CD, Audible

PBT Category: Classic

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: abilities, action, adaptation/assimilation, aging, call/calling/vocation, caring/tending, challenges, change, commitment, community, companionship, confidence, dependence/interdependence, encouragement, gifts/giftedness/talents, labor/work, mission, mistake, new home/relocation, partners/teamwork, perseverance, power, problems/problem solving, purpose, strength/strength in God, time/timing/over time, transformation, vision

Scripture Connections: Honoring the aged (Exodus 20:12, 22:22-24; Leviticus 19:32; Proverbs 23:22)

Idea(s) for Application: a presentation on valuing the aged & helping them recognize their gifts & discover new ways to contribute

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