Extended Audio Sample

Download Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel Audiobook, by Virginia Lee Burton Click for printable size audiobook cover
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (19,748 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Virginia Lee Burton Narrator: Rodd Ross Publisher: Weston Woods Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2015 ISBN: 9780545258333
Regular Price: $22.95 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

Mike and his trusty steam shovel, Mary Anne, dig deep canals for boats to travel through, cut mountain passes for trains, and hollow out cellars for city skyscrapers—the very symbol of industrial America. But with progress come new machines, and soon the inseparable duo are out of work. Mike believes that Mary Anne can dig as much in a day as one hundred men can dig in a week, and the two have one last chance to prove it and save Mary Anne from the scrap heap. What happens next in the small town of Popperville is a testament to their friendship, and to old-fashioned hard work and ingenuity.

Download and start listening now!

BK_HOUG_000061

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 2/9/2014

    " This book is a definite classic! It shows different modes of transportation for little kids to learn (especially little boys). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 AGV K | 2/4/2014

    " We own this book in a treasury set. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabriella | 2/1/2014

    " As a little girl, stories by Virginia Lee Burton were always some of my favorites. She tells her stories in a way that is enchanting; almost as if she were sitting in a rocking chair, surrounded by people young and old, passing a piece of history down along the generations. Her style of writing reminds her readers that although the world is constantly changing, the old is something to be held on to. In this particular story, the strong bond between a man and his steam shovel allow them to overcome the difficulties of being underestimated. Although the steam shovel isn't as fancy as the new gasoline, electric, and diesel shovels she can do more than all combined. This book gives readers an opportunity to learn about history and themselves. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 1/31/2014

    " My children's favorite, a good story about hard work and flexibility in a difficult situation. Endearing pictures. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Wolter | 1/25/2014

    " This is a classic children's story that I still remember reading over and over. I haven't picked this one up in years, but I remember the story line as well as many of the illustrations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dixie Diamond | 1/11/2014

    " I read this to my FDS kids (ages 3-5). They were very worried about what was going to become of Mary Anne and got very into the story. I suppose die-hard environmentalists won't be thrilled about the coal-burning part [ ;-) ], but it's a good story about standing by old friends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 1/1/2014

    " I love that my boys enjoy the same books that I did as a child. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 12/20/2013

    " An all time favorite. Our copy was Gil's when he was a little boy, and the kids love it too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dahl Kids | 12/18/2013

    " A family classic. Chris read this growing up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 12/18/2013

    " My son LOVES this book so much! It is such a sweet and timeless story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen L. | 11/28/2013

    " I loved this as a child. I don't know why, but it just grabbed me "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marci Lambert | 10/10/2013

    " This story has a fantastic way of demonstrating a postive attitude. The story is very upbeat and encouraging showing how anyone can do anything when they put their mind to it. And of course a little help from their friends! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alain | 9/23/2013

    " I read this when I was a boy, then I read it to my boy. I still remember his Uncle Gary (a machine operator himself), reading it to my son, who was about 3 or 4 at the time while providing my son with technical details of the various types of digging machines. Anyhow, it's a great kids book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 9/18/2013

    " Tale of perserverance and dedication to a job well done and finding a new purpose in life "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cameron | 8/21/2013

    " A great book, for the young and young-at-heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 TG | 8/15/2013

    " Burton's art is among my all-time favorites! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 7/5/2013

    " This book is a must for all young boys. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick | 5/26/2013

    " A clever guide to a graceful retirement. Recommended reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 10/3/2012

    " My husband had his copy when we got married "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyrie | 7/19/2012

    " My daughter walked in, saw I was reviewing this book and said it should get a million stars. It was certainly one of her favorites. I like it too - shows that even old things have use and should be kept on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela Detlor | 6/27/2012

    " A sweet and uplifting children's story, that teaches everyone that we all have purpose... at every age. I loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent | 6/22/2012

    " Just as good as when we read this 1939 picture book in 1967; we read it again tonight. I'd like to thank our cousins for giving the book to our child at birth... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rich Ottman | 6/22/2012

    " I think this might have been the first book or one of the first books I ever read. I loved it then, and it still has good, sentimental memories for me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leora | 5/28/2012

    " We loved this book. In fact, I loved it as a kid and I loved it again as an adult reading it to my kids. Virginia Burton's illustrations and text are so perfect together, and the story of the boy who solves multiple problems for a steam shovel, her owner, and the town he lives in is a classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 3/27/2012

    " Whenever I read this I hear Ricky in my head reading it in the White Door. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 2/12/2012

    " This book is a great story of the power of friendship and believing in someone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 12/9/2011

    " childhood classic! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 8/16/2011

    " I love the pictures in this book and the lyrical words. Also so it is a children's book for boys, which I find are hard to come by.It is also one that my husband remembers form his childhood and a favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trevor | 5/24/2011

    " I don't love Virginia Lee Burton's illustrations nor her story here compared to her other childrens books. Still, there is a certain charm to this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 4/28/2011

    " This book is ok. I think boys might enjoy reading it. You can also use it when you talk about man vs. machine and conflict. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becca | 4/10/2011

    " This is a book of inspiration for kids. It shows how to never give up even when your facing giants. I would use this as an independent read, or as a large group read and emphasize the courageous Mike and his steam shovel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 3/16/2011

    " Mike said that Mary Ann could dig as much in one day as 100 men in a week, but he was never really sure that it was true... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 2/7/2011

    " There's kind of a John Henry vibe going in this book. I wish times were such that people could have the freedom to sit all day and just watch a basement being dug. Mike Mulligan's steam shovel is a super adorable machine, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mylinh | 2/3/2011

    " great book for boys or any child interested in trucks and steam shovels "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 1/14/2011

    " Another one of my childhood favorites!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claudia | 12/7/2010

    " I think that this book is great for using as students talk about locomotives and parts of a train. I might use this more in a center and a choice of book for students! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alycia | 12/5/2010

    " Follows a boy and his shovel. They must do something they promised they could, but the task is daunting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 11/3/2010

    " Probably my favorite of Virginia Lee Burton's books (that I've read). I like the idea that as we adapt to changes around us, we are able to still be happy and useful. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations