This is a wonderful classic story by Virginia Lee Burton. The book is a level 4.5 according to Accelerated Reader. In the story, a steam shovel works great with his owner, but after a while the machine begins to run down and get old. Newer models replace the shovel, and he is taken to the dump. In the end, the shovel is saved by Mike. This is a great book for a reading center or to teach about acceptance.