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. his trusty steam shovel, Mary Anne, dig deep canals for boats to travel through, cut mountain passes trains, hollow out cellars city skyscrapers — the very symbol industrial America. But with progress come new machines, soon inseparable duo are work. believes Anne can as much a day one hundred men week, two have last chance prove save from scrap heap. What happens next small town Popperville is testament their friendship, old-fashioned hard work ingenuity.