‘Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel’
By The Editors
PlannedMan

“Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel” is the perfect description of how you thought life would be when you were a young man—a life full of commitment, accomplishment, hard work, friendship, loyalty, humility and pride.

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The story is simple yet amazingly current and profound.

Mike Mulligan and his trusty steam shovel, Mary Anne, are the very symbol of industrial America.

The 1939 classic, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, would be beside every kid’s bed in a perfect world. It would travel with each of those kids as they play team sports in high school, leave their home and friends for college or their first job, begin to build a career, form a relationship and marry, have kids of their own.

The story is simple yet amazingly current and profound:

A modern classic that no child should miss. Since it was first published in 1939, “Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shove” has delighted generations of children. 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—the very symbol of industrial America. But with progress come new machines, and soon the inseparable duo are out of work. Mike believes that Mary Anne can dig as much in a day as one 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. What happens next in the small town of Popperville is a testament to their friendship, and to old-fashioned hard work and ingenuity.

Isn’t that the perfect description of how you thought life would be when you were a young man; a life full of commitment, accomplishment, hard work, friendship, loyalty, humility and pride?

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