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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 an 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.


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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 an 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.

30 review for Mike Mulligan and More: A Virginia Lee Burton Treasury

  1. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Jane

    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 represent 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 half-ass solved with cheap band-aids that often exacerbate the problems or create new ones. Ok, so The Little House story pissed me off. But it pissed me off 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 shit 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.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    We received this book in our Sonlight curriculum and loved cuddling on the couch with our little ones over and over reading these stories while they drank milk out of their sippy cups..krb 2/23/16 Excellent read again..krb 2/29/16

  3. 4 out of 5

    Maki

    Wonderful classic.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shawn Thrasher

    I have to admit something - I don't recall reading Mike Mulligan as a child. Of course, I knew of Mike Mulligan and his fantastic steamshovel Mary Anne. I was a big fan of Beverly Cleary's Ramona, and if you have read Ramona the Pest, you know that Mike Mulligan is Ramona's favorite story because "it was neither quiet and sleepy not sweet and pretty." It's definitely not. You know, I probably did read Mike Mulligant - or have it read to me - because afterall, who didn't? But as a grown up, I'm g I have to admit something - I don't recall reading Mike Mulligan as a child. Of course, I knew of Mike Mulligan and his fantastic steamshovel Mary Anne. I was a big fan of Beverly Cleary's Ramona, and if you have read Ramona the Pest, you know that Mike Mulligan is Ramona's favorite story because "it was neither quiet and sleepy not sweet and pretty." It's definitely not. You know, I probably did read Mike Mulligant - or have it read to me - because afterall, who didn't? But as a grown up, I'm going to officially declare myself a fan of Mary Anne - and a lover of all things Virginia Burton. Mike Mulligan, and to some degree The Little House - are both visual delights and perfect little stories. If you have a group of little kids you know or teach, read them Mike Mulligan. They will sit still and listen (be sure and ask them how THEY think Mary Anne and Mike should get out of the hole they dug themselves into, and be prepared for a slew of clever asnwers). The four of these books are the crown jewels of illustration. It's very clear that Virginia Lee Burton was an artist and designer of the higest ability. Each book is DESIGNED, the text, the curve of each illustation, the colors, the patterns, they are all chosen to create a perfect combination of story and art. The Little House, a Caldecott winner (and deservedly so) is perfect in every way. Katy and Maybelle aren't the greatest stories ever told (I think Mike and The Little House rank up there though), but the illustrations are excellent. They aren't simply beauitful - there are plenty of beautifully illustrated picture books. They mean something; everything connects; everything moves and flows for a reason. There are little details and broad strokes. Burton knows her audience is BOTH kids and the grown ups who are reading the books aloud to them, and she speaks to both. These four aren't just picture books - they are works of art.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ebookwormy1

    We have used and enjoyed this collection for preschool and kindergarten read aloud. While some of Burton's ideas can be politically objectionable, her whimsical stories, personification of heavy machinery, captivating illustrations and themes of loyalty, hard work, and adaptation to change are sure to make these stories a family favorite for both children and their readers. I would recommend this hardcover edition for years of reading. Neither the stories nor the illustrations have been reduced, We have used and enjoyed this collection for preschool and kindergarten read aloud. While some of Burton's ideas can be politically objectionable, her whimsical stories, personification of heavy machinery, captivating illustrations and themes of loyalty, hard work, and adaptation to change are sure to make these stories a family favorite for both children and their readers. I would recommend this hardcover edition for years of reading. Neither the stories nor the illustrations have been reduced, and this lovely rendition features full pages of: * Mike Mulligan & Mary Anne * The Little House * Katy and the Big Snow * Maybelle the Cable Car

  6. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I just finished reading this with the two youngest (8 and 5). They really loved the stories (but not so much Maybelle the Cable Car). I love having all the books in one place and they didn't cut out any of the pictures to make it fit. Overall a lovely collection with some great, classics stories. I still find my older boys reading these at times. When I sat down to read it the other day, one of the 11-yr-olds told his brothers, "Oh, I remember that story. You're going to love it. It's such a grea I just finished reading this with the two youngest (8 and 5). They really loved the stories (but not so much Maybelle the Cable Car). I love having all the books in one place and they didn't cut out any of the pictures to make it fit. Overall a lovely collection with some great, classics stories. I still find my older boys reading these at times. When I sat down to read it the other day, one of the 11-yr-olds told his brothers, "Oh, I remember that story. You're going to love it. It's such a great story."

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel was my favorite picture when I was little. I wanted to reread it because I had forgotten the shovel's name. I found this volume at my online library. I was not familiar with the other books in the treasury, but found them just as wonderful ad Mike Mulligan. I am so glad that Ms. Burton won a Caldecott medal, though I wish it had been for Mike Mulligan. If you loved any one of these stories, you will love them all. With a smile and a tear ~ Kathy Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel was my favorite picture when I was little. I wanted to reread it because I had forgotten the shovel's name. I found this volume at my online library. I was not familiar with the other books in the treasury, but found them just as wonderful ad Mike Mulligan. I am so glad that Ms. Burton won a Caldecott medal, though I wish it had been for Mike Mulligan. If you loved any one of these stories, you will love them all. With a smile and a tear ~ Kathy

  8. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Every little boy needs this book!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    My son loves this book!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Liesl

    This is a well-worn favorite in our house. Each of my kids has liked a different story best.

  11. 5 out of 5

    EJP

    What kid doesn't love Virginia Lee Burton? She has an amazing way of giving inanimate objects human-like qualities. This is a great collection. What kid doesn't love Virginia Lee Burton? She has an amazing way of giving inanimate objects human-like qualities. This is a great collection.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    Interesting children's books about progress and change. Interesting children's books about progress and change.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Chind

    Katy and the Big Snow Recommended to Margaret by: Sonlight P3/4 Read on May 21, 2012 We read this one within our "Mike Mulligan and More" Storybook Treasury, although I wouldn't mind adding the individual book to our shelf someday. Katy is a very neat read. First recommended to me through P3/4 and then again through AOY0 we've read this one time and again. We've read it anytime of year, but it's best in the winter, when we have just a dusting of snow. Here the girls get to see the excitement and po Katy and the Big Snow Recommended to Margaret by: Sonlight P3/4 Read on May 21, 2012 We read this one within our "Mike Mulligan and More" Storybook Treasury, although I wouldn't mind adding the individual book to our shelf someday. Katy is a very neat read. First recommended to me through P3/4 and then again through AOY0 we've read this one time and again. We've read it anytime of year, but it's best in the winter, when we have just a dusting of snow. Here the girls get to see the excitement and possibility (imagination!) of how life could be if we lived somewhere with lots of snow. Virginia Lee Burton is an author/illustrator that has definitely earned a place on my keeper list. Slowly but surely we're adding more of her titles to our shelves and I'm loving it! Katy is a special character and one that I'm sure we'll revisit time and again. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel Recommended to Margaret by: Sonlight P3/4 Read on December 06, 2012 — I own a copy I grabbed this one up already knowing thanks to the Mike Mulligan and More: A Virginia Lee Burton Treasury that I really like Virginia Lee Burton's writing and illustrations. The combination of gently showing old things turning into new as well as giving personality to the machines that help make our lives run is just great for everyone as well as my preschooler. She loves every story we're read from Virginia Lee Burton and I look forward to reading more and more. Mike Mulligan and Mary Anne worked hard and these are important lessons for all to learn. We have a beat up old teacher's copy from a relative, but also have this one in the treasury. I'm glad. I still need to review The Little House and Maybelle the Cable Car, both of which we also enjoyed.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nichole

    We have been reading this book as part of the Sonlight P3/4 preschool curriculum and it has quickly become a favorite book of both mine and my son's. This anthology includes Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, The Little House, Katy and the Big Snow, and Maybelle the Cable Car. The stories of Katy and Maybelle quickly became favorites in our house. My son regularly requests me to read from this book, almost everyday. The stories promote values like hard work, perseverance, and country life. The We have been reading this book as part of the Sonlight P3/4 preschool curriculum and it has quickly become a favorite book of both mine and my son's. This anthology includes Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, The Little House, Katy and the Big Snow, and Maybelle the Cable Car. The stories of Katy and Maybelle quickly became favorites in our house. My son regularly requests me to read from this book, almost everyday. The stories promote values like hard work, perseverance, and country life. The illustrations are beautiful and full of detail. This is a great book to have as part of our preschool library.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Patti Richards

    Today you get several picture books in one as my picture book recommendation! I absolutely love Virginia Lee Burton! My two favorites in this collection are "Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel," and "The Little House." Through clean and beautiful artwork and unlikely heroes, Virginia Lee Burton brings long ago times to life while teaching and entertaining readers. Three cheers for this author and three cheers for Mike Mulligan, the Steam Shovel, the Little House and all her other amazing charact Today you get several picture books in one as my picture book recommendation! I absolutely love Virginia Lee Burton! My two favorites in this collection are "Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel," and "The Little House." Through clean and beautiful artwork and unlikely heroes, Virginia Lee Burton brings long ago times to life while teaching and entertaining readers. Three cheers for this author and three cheers for Mike Mulligan, the Steam Shovel, the Little House and all her other amazing characters. Happy National Picture Book month:)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Robin E.

    Who doesn't love Mike Mulligan's steam shovel or San Francisco cable cars? This treasury of Virgina Lee Burton's works has full sized illustrations and is a lovely addition to any preschooler's home library. Who doesn't love Mike Mulligan's steam shovel or San Francisco cable cars? This treasury of Virgina Lee Burton's works has full sized illustrations and is a lovely addition to any preschooler's home library.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brandy

    I really love these Virginia Lee Burton stories and so does my son. Now if I could just learn to get through The Little House without weeping.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    CURRICULUM: RR/Classics

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Meinholz

    Thei book contais the stories of Mike Mugallan,Marie Anne,the three trollies,and the little house in the city.The story also contains advice such as work hard ,If you think you can you should .

  20. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    One of Matthew's favorite storytellers of all time. We used to read this books all of the time. This is a set of all of her best. One of Matthew's favorite storytellers of all time. We used to read this books all of the time. This is a set of all of her best.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lydia

    This an excellent collection of classic stories to read to / with young child(ren)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kiddo

    Sweet

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carly

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jaimie Stepro

  25. 5 out of 5

    Deshuston

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cheri Kahn

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gillian Aldrich

  30. 5 out of 5

    Gabe D.

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