Monday, November 16, 2009

Great Monday Give: Mike Mulligan

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!

23 comments:

betsy said...

We love Mike Mulligan and our copy is falling apart from all the love and attention it has received over the years. Would love a new copy to share with my younger son.

Jonathan said...

I love the comment from last week's winner!

And, don't enter me in this week's contest, please, because we have our own copy-I just wanted to comment here and tell your readers that they should want this book. It's FANTASTIC. A great give! My son loves it, and so do I! Ms. Burton is one of our favorite authors. And steam shovels always remind us of Mary Ann now!

Jonathan's mom

Meghan said...

same for me. i already "won" our much loved copy of this book. thank you so much scribbler for picking last week's winner...what a great inspiration and motivation for what you do! both you and the winner. man. good feelings.

Celeste said...

Good feelings, indeed.

Mike Mulligan has become a recent friend here, now that my littles just turned three and sit through Burton-length picture books a bit more readily. We're still relying on our library copy, though, so we'd love one of our own.

Elli said...

I would love to have a copy to give to a friend who very much enjoyed Mike Mulligan as a child.

wmmahaney said...

I love Mike Mulligan, in fact when I had my youngest I was given some framed copies of the artwork to hang on his walls. We also have MaryAnne on the shelf in his room. Would love to win this to pass on to a friend.

Carol M said...

I would love to win a copy of this book for my grandson. I know he would enjoy it!

Victoria Stitch said...

I would love to win a copy of this book because I am doing a degree in Illustration and love reading any kind of childrens book!

Heather said...

My husband loves this book. Would love to win. :)

Jamie said...

:) I would love to curl up in bed tonight with a small stack of books. But on to homework. . . Would love to win this!

Daughter Number Three said...

No need for the contest entry for me, either. I just wanted to say how great this book is (I've written about it here) and to also recommend Virginia Lee Burton's other books, especially The Little House, but also Katy and the Big Snow and Maybelle the Cable Car.

Scribbler said...

Great write ups Daughter #3!

BooksForever said...

Mike Mulligan...goodness my son, Michael, LOVED this story!

maria said...

I love this book, and my brother stole (STOLE!) the copy we had as kids.

Genevieve P said...

You know--I'm not sure if my girls have ever read this! We've read other Burton books, but not the best one. How did that happen??

Winning Readings said...

Never read this one - it looks like it'd be a great addition to our library!

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

We posted about the giveaway at Winning Readings: http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2009/11/mike-mulligan.html

Katie said...

Haven't seen this one in years! I'd love to have a copy of this for my library collectioN!

Jill said...

I remember having this book as a child :)

I would luv to have this "classic" for my girl's bookshelf as well!

Thanks for an Awesome Giveaway!

Jake Lsewhere said...

Looks like a good book, please enter me into this drawing.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway.
jake.lsewhere[at]gmail.com

plb8156 said...

This book is great....I remember reading it to my oldest when he was little over 20 years ago. I would love to share with my youngest now :)
plb8156@aol.com

Ian said...

My mom read this story to me all the time growing up! I miss it!

Kimberly said...

Haven't read this, but it sounds great. We'd be delighted to have a copy.

juli said...

this book brings back many memories-would love to win a copy

juli
uffdauff@msn.com

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