A Crane Named Steve

About the Book

What would you do if you knew you had to move - except you didn’t want to? In this charming epic poem by Katherine Gotthardt, illustrated by Patrick King, a child whose parents are planning to get new jobs and move meets an unexpected hero - a unique crane named Steve. Read how these two become fast friends and how Steve handles new jobs and relocating.

The real “Steve” became a local icon among commuters when “he” showed up on I-66 near Manassas, Virginia during construction, bringing amusement and joy in the midst of the daily gridlock. Crane owners Digging & Rigging, Inc. published storybook and coloring book versions, and Gotthardt has kept the joy going by using proceeds to support local non-profits and initiatives that support disadvantaged communities.

Non-profits that have benefited from book sales include ACTS, Hope and Serenity Farm Sanctuary and Giving on Another Level. In addition, Gotthardt has donated hundreds of gift bags with art supplies and copies of the book or copies of the coloring book to needy communities.

“The idea of Steve doesn’t really belong to any one person. He came from the community," Gotthardt says. "So I think it’s appropriate that anything we do with Steve goes back to support the community."

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Jennifer El-Shewihy

Such a cute story with an equally wonderful backstory... (found at the back of the book). Not only did Steve the Crane give joy through rough traffic and accidents on a daily basis, for a short amount of time, but it's a terrific story for kids whose family talks about moving (Steve moves a lot too).

Lolly

...cannot day enough about this PERFECT Christmas gift book. I’m so happy I purchased for our kiddo, as he faces down a plausible move out of state, just like our protagonist in this story.

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