Burton’s son Aris, now a sculptor, provides the foreword to the 70th-anniversary edition of The Little House, which is packaged with an audio CD of the story, while Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel was dedicated to her son Michael. Burton even used Michael as the model for the little boy, who helps Mike and the steam shovel (named Mary Ann) dig a cellar in one day.
What’s your favorite book by Virginia Lee Burton? Why do you think her work withstands the test of time?
Sarah A. Wood, reviewer for teenreads.com and kidsreads.com since 2003, is a lifetime reader and writer. She refuses to accept that there are people who don't like to read and stubbornly believes this is only because they have not met the right book yet.
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