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Miss Mary Mack

Miss Mary Mack

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by Mary Ann Hoberman, Nadine Bernard Westcott (Illustrator)

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Hugely popular in both hardcover and board book formats, this fun story--that children will want to sing, chant, read, and clap to--is now available in paperback. Full color.


Hugely popular in both hardcover and board book formats, this fun story--that children will want to sing, chant, read, and clap to--is now available in paperback. Full color.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hands will be clapping and toes will be tapping to this spunky rendition of a favorite school yard rhyme. Most kidsand grown-ups, toowill readily recognize the first three stanzas of this comical chant, but after the "elephant, elephant, elephant" jumps the "fence, fence, fence," the mayhem begins. Hoberman (One of Each) has the acrobatic pachyderm literally crashing the backyard barbecue of young Mary Mackand sending hot dogs, catsup and guests flying. Despite the mess, Mary Mack grows quite fond of the friendly beast and, with her famous silver buttons, bribes him to stay. Hoberman's lively verses roll off the tongue. Kids will be eager to learn the hand claps and thigh slaps to accompany this rhythmic romp; instructions, along with music notation, appear on the end pages. Westcott (I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly) attacks her latest subject with great verve and her characteristic sweet, silly humor. Three smiling terriers and a cat appear throughout, adding to the rollicking fun. And a tea party scene with Mary Mack and Elephant manages to be both elegant and hilarious. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)
Children's Literature
This is a delightful and whimsical board book that will let a child's imagination soar. The clever repetition and rhyming will have children repeating along and chuckling. Imagine an elephant that will jump a fence for 50 cents. That's exactly what Mary Mack has found: a spirited elephant that has escaped from the zoo. This tale follows Mary's desire to have the performing elephant for her very own. She watches in amazement as the elephant takes off, flies and lands right in her own back yard in a pile of muck. Not to worry; Mary quickly takes care of her elephant friend, offering him water to drink and spout. When the elephant's trainer returns to retrieve his escaped elephant to take him back to the zoo, Mary offers him a better life with all the hay and peanuts he desires. But to seal the deal, she also offers him the silver shiny buttons off her dress. Done! Together they sip tea and jump fences every day. Miss Mary Mack, full of wacky and fun illustrations, is a great read-aloud choice for the preschooler. 2001 (orig. 1998), Little Brown and Company, Ages 2 to 6.
— Cheryl Lecroy
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Those who remember clapping out the rhythms for this rhyme will enjoy this new adaptation. The playful illustrations extend the story until the little girl makes a pet of the pachyderm. All the neighborhood children play happily ever after in the elephant-shaped pool created when he falls from the sky. Hoberman never lets the rhythm fall and Westcott keeps up her end with humorous details.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2Starting on the bright, yellow title page showing a smiling elephant ambling his way out of the zoo past the snoring zookeeper, this lively rendition of the well-known song and playground game is filled with new verses and humorous pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations. Miss Mary is a perky young lady who primps at a pink-skirted vanity table while a newspaper touts "Elephant escapes zoo." The additional verses tell a fuller story of Miss Mary, recounting the elephant's exploits after he jumps the fence and lands in a yard filled with Fourth of July picnickers, and the friendship that ensues between him and the girl. The elephant takes more of center stage with each successive illustration, whether he is soaring through the air, his adroitness belying his size, or landing in a yard, creating an elephant-sized craterand mess. When the zookeeper finally arrives to retrieve him, Mary begs him to stay, even offering him her silver buttons that soon are no longer down her back but on his trunk. By the end of the story, both Mary and the elephant vault over the fence for 50 cents. This high-flying package of fun, complete with music and hand instructions, will have children clapping along in no time.Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Mary Ann Hoberman is the author of the critically acclaimed One of Each and the classic A House is a House for Me, which won a National Book Award.

Nadine Bernard Westcott is a well-known and award-winning illustrator of more than 100 picture books.

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