Though I've never reviewed this book before, my son's been listening to the audio version in the car nonstop for the past week, and I recently found a newish paperback copy at a junk shop that I'd like to share. So for today's Great Monday Give, please welcome the Virginia Lee Burton classic, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. Great read. Wonderful story. To be entered to win all you have to do is comment on this post between now and midnight, November 22 ~ Sunday. The next morning a winner will be selected and announced.
That said, the winner of our Easter-in-winter give of The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes is Linda. Now I must admit, usually the winner is selected using my patented blind scroll and point method, but this time it was the comment that got me.
I belong to a group called Ready Readers of St. Louis. We read to at-risk kids in Head Start Programs in the inner city, ages 3-5. Most new books are irrelevant to them. They don't know any farm animals or what noises they make; never saw Knuffle Bunny's laundromat, and wouldn't give a mouse a cookie, if they had one, which they usually don't. But the vintage books work for them. Their lives are still back there where it takes courage to deal with an ogre - probably on a daily basis. My great quest is for my own Tall Book of Make Believe, now painfully expensive, but until I find one I will continue to follow your blog for ideas to read to my 40 favorite kids who have never had a book, and some have never turned a page. Thanks for providing a resource I really treasure.
Linda, send me an e-mail at webe(at)soon(dot)com with your mailing info and I'll send this book out to you asap... along with a few other goodies for your 40 favorite kids. Have a great one!