Mary Had a Little Lamb

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Lively illustrations of the popular song for kids

The famous nineteenth-century nursery rhyme about the school-going lamb is accompanied by the music later written for it.

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Overview

Lively illustrations of the popular song for kids

The famous nineteenth-century nursery rhyme about the school-going lamb is accompanied by the music later written for it.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Fresh vitality springs into this beloved poem through active, colorful illustrations which cover the full space of each page. Mary appears as a young blond-haired girl dressed in a wide blue skirt and wearing red cowboy boots. Her head is slightly oversized and her mouth is almost always smiling. The lamb has a human face. Its body looks like it was made of cotton balls and pipe cleaners. The lamb expresses emotions of joy, curiosity, patience, excitement, and bliss—mostly through its eyes. The tall, thin teacher wears red cat-eye glasses and appears in teacherly poses while banning the lamb from the classroom and later explaining the lamb's love for Mary. Mary's multicultural classmates enjoy the lamb's antics and rejoice in the reunion experienced at the end of the school day. An author's note about the author of the poem, which was originally published in 1788, appears at the end. A fun addition for collections in need of another version of this classic poem. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
Kirkus Reviews - Kikus Reviews

This classic poem, written in 1830, continues to be a favorite childhood rhyme for illustrators to illuminate. Huliska-Beith has chosen to illustrate her version with acrylic, gouache and fabric collages, digitally assembled. Her style aims for gently exaggerated humor, especially the schoolkids' reactions when they "see a lamb at school." The characters have oversized heads, fabric-patterned clothing and teeny noses. Mary is blonde with puffy, rouged cheeks and wears red cowboy boots, while the lamb's coat looks like swirls of meringue. Most modern readers will probably be surprised to discover several extra stanzas, and the sentimental, 19th-century language may leave them cold: The teacher advises the children, "And you each gentle animal / in confidence may bind, / and make them follow at your call, / if you are always kind." An author's note provides a bit of history of the rhyme, citing a dubious (evidently unfounded) claim by Mary Sawyer Tyler that she was the "original" Mary. There is a flock of versions, from board books to big books, and spoofs (Jack Lechner and Bob Staake fracture the tale inMary Had a Little Lamp,2008) to sing-alongs, but many are out of print. Kids will respond to the embellished silliness of this one, but for charm, Salley Mavor's stitchery images can't be beat (2000). Music is not included.(Picture book. 3-6)

Kirkus Reviews

This classic poem, written in 1830, continues to be a favorite childhood rhyme for illustrators to illuminate. Huliska-Beith has chosen to illustrate her version with acrylic, gouache and fabric collages, digitally assembled. Her style aims for gently exaggerated humor, especially the schoolkids' reactions when they "see a lamb at school." The characters have oversized heads, fabric-patterned clothing and teeny noses. Mary is blonde with puffy, rouged cheeks and wears red cowboy boots, while the lamb's coat looks like swirls of meringue. Most modern readers will probably be surprised to discover several extra stanzas, and the sentimental, 19th-century language may leave them cold: The teacher advises the children, "And you each gentle animal / in confidence may bind, / and make them follow at your call, / if you are always kind." An author's note provides a bit of history of the rhyme, citing a dubious (evidently unfounded) claim by Mary Sawyer Tyler that she was the "original" Mary. There is a flock of versions, from board books to big books, and spoofs (Jack Lechner and Bob Staake fracture the tale inMary Had a Little Lamp,2008) to sing-alongs, but many are out of print. Kids will respond to the embellished silliness of this one, but for charm, Salley Mavor's stitchery images can't be beat (2000). Music is not included.(Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761458241
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Edition description: Pinwheel Books
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,133,703
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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