Although written decades ago, Virginia Lee Burton’s books continue to enthrall young children. With the help of her charming illustrations, Burton succeeds in bringing to life inanimate objects, giving them their own personality.

Mike Mulligan’s steam shovel Mary Anne is hardworking and cheerful. Even when society seems to have no need for them, Mike and his shovel prove that perseverance and industriousness have their own rewards.

The Little House demonstrates great patience as the world around her changes. Burton uses the facade of the house to express a variety of human emotions that will draw young children’s empathy.

No one can resist the determination of Katy the tractor. She does not rest until she has finished her job well, in spite of fatigue.

Finally, Maybelle the cable car teaches respect for tradition and experience. She and her fellow cable cars love to serve the people of San Francisco.

This treasury would make a perfect holiday gift for young children.

Jennifer Minicus is a mother and teacher currently living in Ridgewood, NJ.

Jennifer Minicus

Jennifer Minicus lives in New Jersey with her husband and son. A former French, Latin and mathematics teacher, Jennifer currently enjoys the responsibilities of a "domestic engineer", particularly making...