Mary Had a Little Lamb


This expanded version of the traditional rhyme shows what happens after the lamb gets to school.

This expanded version of the traditional rhyme shows what happens after the lamb gets to school. Includes music on the last page.

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This expanded version of the traditional rhyme shows what happens after the lamb gets to school.

This expanded version of the traditional rhyme shows what happens after the lamb gets to school. Includes music on the last page.

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The tale of Mary and her lamb becomes a wonderfully wacky schooltime adventure in this colorful rendition from Mary Ann Hoberman, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott.

Although Hoberman's lighthearted charmer begins with the familiar song, Mary's lamb eventually takes going to school to a new level. After the little lamb makes "the children laugh and play / To see a lamb at school," the woolly critter winds up playing kickball with them at recess, chowing down with them a lunchtime ("The little lamb ate grass."), and even joining the kids in class to learn reading and writing ("They taught the lamb to write its name, / The children laughed, 'Ha, ha!'"). But the antics almost stop there when the teacher tries getting the lamb to read aloud -- "all it said was...BAA!" Fortunately, though, the teacher doesn't mind this sheepish interruption and makes a new rule "That Mary and her little lamb / Could always come to school!"

Shining with Westcott's rollicking artwork, this picture book will keep kids singing and giggling the whole time. Illustrations of Mary scrubbing her lamb with Nonchlorine Lamb Bleach (to make it "white as snow") and dressing it up for school are a hoot, while Hoberman's roll-off-the-tongue rhymes -- along with "Mary Had a Little Lamb" music in front and discussion ideas in back -- make this silly read a surefire winner for storytimes. Matt Warner

Publishers Weekly
In the latest book in the Sing-Along Stories series, Mary Had a Little Lamb, adapted by Mary Ann Hoberman, illus. by Nadine Bernard Westcott, Mary and her classmates sneak the lamb into their classroom, where they attempt to teach it to read and write: "The lamb was asked to read aloud, Read aloud, Read aloud, The lamb was asked to read aloud But all it said was... BAA!" With musical notation and an activity page, this humorous interpretation of the original song will delight young children. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Many of us know the initial part of this nursery rhyme and if you have a voice that can carry a tune there is even a musical version of the familiar refrain printed on the opening page. Hoberman has taken the popular rhyme and extended it into a longer story. The lamb did indeed follow Mary to school and, once there, he joined the class. He learned the alphabet and how to count, but when it came time to read aloud all the little lamb could say was "BAA!" Instead of enforcing the rule that no lambs were allowed at school, the teacher welcomed Mary's friend and said he could come to school anytime. On the closing page there are more suggestions for having fun, including some math challenges. The illustrations, like the rhyme, are full of rollicking humor and have a bright, breezy look. Preschool kids should have lots of fun with this entry in the "Sing-Along Stories" series. 2003, Little Brown, Ages 2 to 6.
—Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-For youngsters who wonder what happened to Mary and her lamb, this book completes the saga. Hoberman's rendition extends the song's usual 4 stanzas by 12 verses. Cheerful watercolor-and-ink illustrations in clear pastels reveal the close relationship between the girl and her pet. At school, all of the variously hued children dote on the charming, pink-cheeked fluff and include her in their play as well as in their classroom endeavors. The large, humorous illustrations have real child appeal and will work well in storytimes. A concluding page offers five activities. The recto has the music and words to the first verse along with the suggestion to "repeat this melody for each verse in the song." Whether sung or read, this eighth book in the series is a welcome addition.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316606875
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 5/4/2003
  • Series: Sing-Along Stories Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.37 (h) x 0.87 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2006

    Kinders love it!

    As a music teacher - I often 'sing' books to my students. My kindergarten students absolutely love this book with its familiar tune. I recommend it highly!

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