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Mary Had a Little Lamb

Mary Had a Little Lamb

by Sarah Josepha Hale, Bruce McMillan (Illustrator), Bruce McMillan (Illustrator)

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Children will delight in this story of Mary's pet lamb following her to school, its waiting patiently for her outside, and the teacher's explanation for why Mary's lamb loves her so much.


Children will delight in this story of Mary's pet lamb following her to school, its waiting patiently for her outside, and the teacher's explanation for why Mary's lamb loves her so much.

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Publishers Weekly
A trio of favorite picture books are now available in board book editions. In Mary Had a Little Lamb by Sarah Josepha Hale released as a children's book in 1984, Tomie dePaola places the favorite nursery rhyme in a New England setting. His popular folk-art illustrations, several of them appearing here as wordless spreads, allow young readers to follow Mary and her lamb through their daily activities-especially at school. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
I remember the first part of the rhyme even after many, many years, but I truly did not remember there was more to it after the little lamb followed Mary to school. This board book version by Tomie dePaola gives the full rhyme and thus we learn that the little lamb waited for Mary and when the kids wondered why the lamb loved Mary so, they learn that it was because Mary was so kind. The illustrations are trademark Tomie dePaola—kids dressed as they would have been more than a hundred years ago attending a one-room school, although the teacher may be a tad stereotypical. Still, there is plenty to enjoy in these illustrations and it is a real treat to have the multiple verses of this popular nursery rhyme. 2004 (orig. 1984), G. P. Putnam, Ages 6 mo. to 3.
—Marilyn Courtot

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San Val, Incorporated
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Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 10.06(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Tomie dePaola was born in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1934 to a family of Irish and Italian background. By the time he could hold a pencil, he knew what his life's work would be. His determination to create books for children led to a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and an MFA from the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland, California.

It drove him through the years of teaching, designing greeting cards and stage sets, and painting church murals until 1965, when he illustrated his first children's book, Sound, by Lisa Miller for Coward-McCann. Eventually, freed of other obligations, he plunged full time into both writing and illustrating children's books.

He names Fra Angelico and Giotto, Georges Rouault, and Ben Shahn as major influences on his work, but he soon found his own unique style. His particular way with color, line, detail, and design have earned him many of the most prestigious awards in his field, among them a Caldecott Honor Award for Strega Nona, the Smithsonian Medal from the Smithsonian Institution, the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal for his "continued distinguished contribution," and the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion. He was also the 1990 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration.

Tomie dePaola has published almost 200 children's books in fifteen different countries. He remains one of the most popular creators of books for children, receiving more than 100,000 fan letters each year.

Tomie lives in an interesting house in New Hampshire with his four dogs. His studio is in a large renovated 200-year-old barn.

- He has been published for over 30 years.
- Over 5 million copies of his books have sold worldwide.
- His books have been published in over 15 different countries.
- He receives nearly 100,000 fan letters each year.

Tomie dePaola has received virtually every significant recognition forhis books in the children's book world, including:

- Caldecott Honor Award from American Library Association
- Newbery Honor Award from American Library Association
- Smithson Medal from Smithsonian Institution
- USA nominee in illustration for Hans Christian Andersen Medal
- Regina Medal from Catholic Library Association

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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