Synopses & Reviews
Illustrated by the beloved creator of Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, The Little House, and Katy and the Big Snow, here is a delightful version of the tale that boys and girls have loved for centuries. The Emperor himself, his court, and his clothesand#151;or lack of themand#151;are ridiculous as only the master storyteller Hans Christian Andersen can make them. Fifty-five years ago, Virginia Lee Burton added to this tale of fun her own irrepressible humor in pictures and design. This brilliant new edition features Burtonand#8217;s original illustrations photographed anew, freshly exhibiting her lively concoction of remarkable spirit and beauty.
"This is fun both in its text and gray crayon drawings. Mike Mulligan remains faithful to his steam shovel Mary Anne, against the threat of the new gas and diesel-engine contraptions, and digs his way to a surprising and happy ending." The New Yorker
"Beginning with the birth of the Sun and continuing through the Earth's creation, the emergence and evolution of animal life, up to the changing seasons of the present, it's a lyrical and informative journey."--Publishers Weekly
andquot;This is fun both in its text and gray crayon drawings. Mike Mulligan remains faithful to his steam shovel Mary Anne, against the threat of the new gas and diesel-engine contraptions, and digs his way to a surprising and happy ending.andquot; The New Yorker
andquot;This new edition features a snazzy red foil dust jacket and some brief back matter...A perfect choice to replace well-worn copies of this beloved book.andquot;
andmdash;School Library Journal
From Caldecott-winner Virginia Lee Burton, a 75th anniversary edition with bonus downloadable audio read by Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick to celebrateand#160;this timelessand#160;picture book tale of transportation and cooperation.
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. When Mary Anne is destinedand#160;for the scrap heap, the duo must dig their way out of troubleand#160;in thisand#160;timeless tale ofand#160;friendship, old-fashioned hard work, and ingenuity. Includes bonus audio download performed by theand#160;Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick.
Earth takes center stage in this updated version of Virginia Lee Burtonandrsquo;s 1962 classic Life Story
. Told through five acts, Burtonandrsquo;s art and text tell the history of earth from beginning to present day. Readers will gain an in-depth understanding of the planetandrsquo;s history and their leading roles in it today. The book has been updated with cutting-edge science, includingand#160;up-to-the-minute information on fossil records and the geologic principles. We are thrilled to provide this updated artistic and visionary work.
About the Author
Virginia Lee Burton (1909-1968) was the talented author and illustrator of some of the most enduring books ever written for children. The winner of the 1942 Caldecott Medal for THE LITTLE HOUSE, Burton's books include heroes and happy endings, lively illustrations, and a dash of nostalgia. She lived with her two sons, Aristides and Michael, and her husband George Demetrios, the sculptor, in a section of Gloucester, Massachusetts, called Folly Cove. Here she taught a class in design and from it emerged the Folly Cove designers, a group of internationally known professional artisans. She is the author of many classic children's picture books, including MIKE MULLIGAN AND HIS STEAM SHOVEL and KATY AND THE BIG SNOW.