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Mary Had a Little Lamb, an Illustrated Song

Posted on: September 26, 2010

 

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Mary Had a Little Lamb (for SBWE)
Traditional Tune
Words by Sarah Josepha Hale
Page and Arrangement Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
mary-had-a-little-lamb-for-sbwe

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mary-had-a-little-lamb-sbwe-for-book
Mary Had a Little Lamb (for book)
Traditional Tune
Words by Sarah Josepha Hale
Page and Arrangement Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
mary-had-a-little-lamb-sbwe-for-book

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Mary Had a Little Lamb
Traditional Tune
Words by Sarah Josepha Hale
Illustrated by Tomie dePaola

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Mary Had a Little Lamb
Traditional Tune
Original Rhyme by Sarah Josepha Hale
Illustrated by Salley Mavor

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Mary Had a Little Lamb
(Complete Text)
Traditional Tune
Rhyme by Sarah Josepha Hale

Mary had a little lamb,
Little lamb, little lamb,
Mary had a little lamb,
Its fleece was white as snow

Everywhere that Mary went,
Mary went, Mary went,
Everywhere that Mary went
The lamb was sure to go

It followed her to school one day
School one day, school one day
It followed her to school one day
Which was against the rules.

It made the children laugh and play,
Laugh and play, laugh and play,
It made the children laugh and play
To see a lamb at school

And so the teacher turned it out,
Turned it out, turned it out,
And so the teacher turned it out,
But still it lingered near

And waited patiently about,
Patiently about, patiently about,
And waited patiently about
Till Mary did appear

“Why does the lamb love Mary so?”
Love Mary so? Love Mary so?
“Why does the lamb love Mary so?”
The eager children cry

“Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know.”
Loves the lamb, you know, loves the lamb, you know
“Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know.”
The teacher did reply

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Paul McCartney recorded a version of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” with his band WINGS in 1972,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Had_a_Little_Lamb_(Paul_McCartney_song)

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Paul McCartney’s “Mary Had a Little Lamb,”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LHeEwiQJsY

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“Mary Had a Little Lamb” on Sesame Street,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrJnzBFzEEY

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More Mary with the Muppets,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHGDoo6QzN4

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ADAPTATIONS

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Mary Had  Little Lamb
Traditional Tune
Original Rhyme by Sarah Josepha Hale
Words Adapted by Iza Trapani
Illustrated by Iza Trapani

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I love this charming adaptation,

Mary Had a Little Lamb
Moses Supposes His Toeses are Roses (and 7 Other Silly Old Rhymes)
Traditional Rhymes and Tunes
Adapted by Nancy Patz
Illustrated by Nancy Patz

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From:

Moses Supposes His Toeses are Roses (and 7 Other Silly Old Rhymes)
Traditional Rhymes and Tunes
Adapted by Nancy Patz
Illustrated by Nancy Patz

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Click here to find a page of amusing adaptations on “Mary Had a Little Lamb” (including the “glutton/mutton” adaptation above),
http://books.google.com/books?id=sdWwHbOf4oAC&pg=PA90&lpg=PA90&dq=mary+had+a+little+lamb,+it+was+a+greedy+glutton&source=bl&ots=HmKzI4ng4R&sig=3fC54sFJfzakhuFKFXQu01S7cPs#v=onepage&q=mary%20had%20a%20little%20lamb%2C%20it%20was%20a%20greedy%20glutton&f=false

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Mary Had a Little Lamb (Sing-Along Stories)
Traditional Tune
Original Rhyme by Sarah Josepha Hale
Words Adapted by Mary Ann Hoberman
Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott

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Mary had a W…

Sing the words of the song for the letter M to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”


Read, Sing, Play ABC Sing-Along
Words Adapted by Teddy Slater
Illustrated by Liisa Chauncy Guida

Willy Would Not Wear a Hat
(Lyrics by Teddy Slater, from book “ABC Sing-Along,” sing to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”)
Willy would not wear a hat,
wear a hat, wear a hat:
Willy would not wear a hat.
It made his hair too flat.
“I wish you would,” Aunt Wanda said,
Wanda said, Wanda said.
“I wish you would,” Aunt Wanda said,
and plopped one on his head.

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NOTES AND RESEARCH

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Lore and Language of Schoolchildren
Writen by Iona Opie, Peter Opie, and Marina Warner

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KIDiddles has a wonderful page for “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” complete with sheet music, activity sheet, and midi tune sing-along,
http://www.kididdles.com/lyrics/m003.html

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An interesting wiki article (remember to fact-check any “wiki” article!) about “Mary Had a Little Lamb” song origins, here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Had_a_Little_Lamb

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Interesting thoughts and information about the rhyme here,
http://www.rhymes.org.uk/mary_had_a_little_lamb.htm

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IMAGES

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Click here to view a full online page of images associated with this rhyme:
http://eclipse.rutgers.edu/goose/rhymes/images/?rhyme_code=lamb

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https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/09/26/%E2%80%9Cread-sing-play-abc-sing-along%E2%80%9D-a-singable-book-letter-w-tune-of-%E2%80%9Cmary-had-a-little-lamb%E2%80%9D/

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