I Spy - Mike Mulligan Version
I read a lot of children's literature. I read a lot of children's literature even before I was a mom or a teacher. Now, as a mom, I reread the same books about 10 times a week. I've started to notice funny little things authors and illustrators include in their stories. Most of the time, it is things I have missed the first or second time, or even the 10th time, around. Sometimes I think it is a subtle "wink, wink" from the author/illustrator, sometimes, like today's I Spy, it is just a happy coincidence. When I was a teacher I used to tell my students that rereading is great because you discover new things each time you read. I am constantly surprised with how true this is.
Thus begins a new series here on the blog - the "I Spy" series. When I discover some hidden little gem, or funny thing in a book I've read, I'll let you in on my find!
First up is from the old classic, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. Mike Mulligan is a book by Virginia Lee Burton. Burton has a pretty cool life story. She was born outside of Boston in 1909, moved to California, and later in life came back to Boston. When she was 23, she became a mom and eventually started writing children's books to entertain her kids. Later in life she started the Folly Cove Designers, a group of mostly women craftsman and designers near Rockport, MA. From the Cape Ann Museum website: