A sturdy, well tended little house standing on a hill in the countryside watches the days, nights, and seasons come and go as the town around her grows and develops before her.
"My 4 year old LOVES this audiobook!"
Big diesel machines threaten to run Mike Mulligan and his little old steam shovel, Mary Anne, out of business until Mike agrees to tackle a big job.
"Just perfect for my almost 3 year old"
"You'll dig the story "
Maybelle was a cable car . . . a San Francisco cable car. Cling clang . . . Clingety clang, up and down and around she went. That is, until the City Fathers said the cable cars were too old fashioned and must be replaced with big modern buses. "No!" said the people of San Francisco. So they rallied in defense of their beloved cable cars - the only ones left in the whole wide world. The audio production includes lively sound effects and original music.
The little house first stood in the country, but gradually the city moved closer and closer.... Winner of the Caldecott Medal, this enchanting classic of children's literature celebrated its 65th anniversary in 2007.
Mike and his trusty steam shovel, Mary Anne, have a very important job. They dig deep canals for boats to travel through, cut mountain passes for trains, and hollow out cellars for big city skyscrapers - the very symbol of modern industrial America. But with progress comes new machines, and soon the inseparable duo are out of work. Mike believes that Mary Anne can dig as much in a day as a 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.
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel is the story of a steam-shovel operator and his steam shovel - the beguiling Mary Anne - which he would not desert, even though competition from gas and diesel-motored shovels was ruining him. The solution to Mike's problem is classic in its simplicity.