Mike Mulligan and More

Mike Mulligan and More

A Virginia Lee Burton Treasury

Book - 2002
Average Rating:
2
Rate this:
Best known for the ever popular Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and the Caldecott Medal winner The Little House, Virginia Lee Burton wrote and illustrated stories that have been entertaining children, parents, and grandparents for more than sixty years. Many of her books--with themes that honor a simple way of life and celebrate heroes who endure through determination and by adapting to change--have become classic American tales. With an introduction by Barbara Elleman, author of Virginia Lee Burton: A Life in Art,this handsome collection commemorates four of Burton's most popular stories, each featured complete and unabridged. Their appeal today, as strong as when the books were first published, is a tribute to one of America's most innovative illustrators, designers, and writers of stories for children.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c2002.
ISBN: 9780618256273
061825627X
Branch Call Number: BURTO
Characteristics: 202 p. : col. ill. ; 23 x 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Burton, Virginia Lee 1909-1968.

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

JCLHannahJaneC 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.

k
Kbudz016
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.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at JMS

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top