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Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Anniversary Ed. - Alder & Alouette

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Anniversary Edition

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A modern classic that no child should miss. Since it was first published in 1939, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel has delighted generations of children.

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.

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.



  • Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel Anniversary Edition (60th Edition)
  • Written and Illustrated by Virginia Lee Burton


  • Published by Clarion Books, new printing of the October 12, 1977 version. 
  • Ages 4 to 7 years
  • 0.2" H x 8.3" L x 9.1" W (0.4 lbs) 48 pages



  • Published by Clarion Books, March 1, 2007.
  • Ages 1 - 3 years
  • 0.8” H x 6.7” L x 7.5” W (0.95 lbs) 40 pages

HARDCOVER, 75th ANNIVERSARY EDITION [with downloadable audio book included]

  • Published by Clarion Books, October 21, 2014
  • Ages 4 to 7 years
  • 0.5” H x 8.5” L x 9.6” W (0.85 lbs) 56 pages + audio book download