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Mike and Mary Anne
Virginia Lee Burton
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Sometimes we talk or think about an object as if it was a human being. We may give it a name. Mike Mulligan named his steam shovel Mary Anne. We talk about an object's feelings and emotions.

Mary Anne was very sad when the new shovels took all the jobs away from her. When we draw a picture of an object, we can give it human characteristics, such as eyes, legs, and hands. The illustrations of Mary Anne show that she has two eyes and a mouth.

Draw a picture of something you use everyday. Make sure you include human features, such as eyes, hair, or hands. Give it a name and write the name under your drawing. Write about the things you and your object do together. Tell how each of you feels.

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