Mary Had a Little Lamb

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Everyone knows the story of Mary and her little lamb with fleece as white as snow. But what happens one day when the lamb decides to go off alone?

Fans of Iza Trapani will delight as this adorable little lamb wanders across the farm, meeting an assortment of equally appealing characters. From a big brown horse to a tough old goose to a pen full of happy pigs, children will laugh out loud as Mary's little lamb stumbles from one mess to the next ...

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Overview

Everyone knows the story of Mary and her little lamb with fleece as white as snow. But what happens one day when the lamb decides to go off alone?

Fans of Iza Trapani will delight as this adorable little lamb wanders across the farm, meeting an assortment of equally appealing characters. From a big brown horse to a tough old goose to a pen full of happy pigs, children will laugh out loud as Mary's little lamb stumbles from one mess to the next in this fun-filled rhyming adventure.

This expanded version of the traditional rhyme shows what happens when the lamb decides to go off alone. Includes music on the last page.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Maria Pereira
The old nursery rhyme gets a different twist in this book, with the little lamb deciding not to follow Mary everywhere for a change. What a rude awakening! It is a big bad farm out there. From galloping horses to contrary cats, the lamb stumbles from one misadventure to another. After getting covered in muck in the pig's trough, and then receiving a smart kick in the butt from a Billy goat, our lamb decides its definitely time to find Mary. The book ends with a contented lamb lying in his cozy bed. The story is told in rhyme and can be sung to the tune of some music bars at the back. The illustrations show the lamb with a permanent sheepish look on his face as he suffers one indignity after another, and the more worldly animals on the farm are shown to be just that. This is a very good rendition of the innocent boy goes to the city theme. What child will not roar with laughter to see the hapless little lamb being booted in the air by the mean old goat? 1999 (orig.
Children's Literature
This entertaining picture book is about a lamb that decides to have a day of fun and freedom and wanders away from his owner, Mary, to explore the barn. Little does he know that without Mary's supervision, he can find a lot of trouble. Although he tries to play with the animals, he seems to get in their way and, as a result, receives kicks, butts, and other terrible treatment. Mary eventually finds her pet but only after a goat butts him into the mud. Instead of being angry at the mischievous little lamb, she bathes him with a smile and tucks him safely into his bed that night. This book teaches the reader an insightful lesson on forgiveness. At the end of the story, Mary forgives the lamb, allowing the reader to complete the story with a smile and the realization that they also have someone who loves them and will forgive them for mistakes they may make in the future. Trapani also uses her colorful illustrations to draw a smile from the reader. Although the lamb is getting into trouble throughout the book, the humorous illustrations allow the reader to grin as the lamb goes flying through the air. These descriptive pictures guide the reader easily through the text to ensure an enjoyable experience. 1998, Whispering Coyote Press,
— Maribeth Whiteside
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-There have been many additions and revisions to this much-loved poem since Sarah Josepha Hale's 12-line "Mary's Lamb" was first published. Now, Trapani takes the lamb through a series of new slapstick adventures in 12 new verses. As the author sees it, the free-spirited animal is not the sort to wait around for Mary. Exploring a barnyard, it is first knocked down by a horse, then terrorized by a tough goose, before being drenched by a cow, butted into the air by a goat, and covered in muck when it lands in the pigpen. But farm girl Mary comes to the rescue, gently shampoos her lamb, feeds and kisses it, and tucks it into bed. The bright and lively watercolor illustrations are sweet but not saccharine. The animal's expressive face starts out full of adventurous confidence, gradually changing through many variations of increasingly comic dismay, until finally it is snuggled all safe and sleepy into its bunk. The music appears at the end of the book, though to sing all of the verses would get monotonous. Read aloud rather than sung, the text works well for storytime; preschoolers will find it both humorous and reassuring.-Marian Drabkin, Richmond Public Library, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580890908
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/15/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST PBK
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 494,176
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.51 (w) x 9.37 (h) x 0.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Iza Trapani is the best-selling author/illustrator of several children's books, including TWINKLE, TWINKLE, LITTLE STAR; I'M A LITTLE TEAPOT; THE ITSY BITSY SPIDER; and RUFUS AND FRIENDS: RHYME TIME. She lives in the Hudson Valley of New York.

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