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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