MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB
By Sarah Josepha Hale and illustrated by Tomie dePaola

Published January 26, 2004
G. P. Putnam’s Sons, New York

ISBN 0-399-24221-X
LC 2003107564
Illustrations copyright © 1984 by Tomie dePaola
5” (width) x 5 ½” (height)
Hardcover, Board Book, 28 pages, unnumbered
Reading Level – Ages 1 up

From the publisher’s catalog…
Since this nursery rhyme first appeared in 1830, children have loved it.  When Tomie dePaola discovered that Hale had been born near his New Hampshire home, he knew he wanted to illustrate this perennial favorite.
     DePaola uses his signature folk art style and sets the poem in a traditional 19th century New England setting.  The result is an endearing interpretation of the little lamb that followed Mary to school and how the teacher handled it.
     Back in print after fifteen years and in a board book format for the first time, MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB will be cherished for generations of children to come.

Read Tomie’s personal notes regarding this book in…
Spotlight On… MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB BOARD BOOK

Recognitions…
For the original hardcover edition of MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB
An ALA Notable Children’s Book

From BOOKLIST…
From the review of the original hardcover edition of MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB
Starred Review
“The familiar lines of this favorite childhood verse spring vividly to life through dramatically simple, intensely hued, full-page spreads.”

From SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL…
From the review of the original hardcover edition of MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB
Starred Review
“Very young children will enjoy seeing visuals for a poem they are sure to be learning; older readers will relish this fascinating treat of Americana.”

From WILSON LIBRARY JOURNAL…
From the review of the original hardcover edition of MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB
“DePaola’s style is familiar, but there is no reason to equate predictability with triviality.  His artistic commitment imbues the illustrations with subtle visual complexity.”

Editor – Margaret Frith
Art Director – Cecilia Yung

No dedication.

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Other editions of MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB:
MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB
Holiday House, New York, 1984
Hardcover
ISBN 0-8234-0509-5 (out-of-print)

MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB
Holiday House, New York, 1984
Paperback
ISBN 0-8234-0519-2 (out-of-print)

MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB
The Trumpet Club, New York, 1991
Book Club Paperback
ISBN 0-440-84605-6

 

 

 
 
 
 
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