Mary Had a Little Lamb
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Mary Had a Little Lamb [Hardcover]

Sarah Hale , Salley Mavor
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Mavor (The Way Home) presents the most polished example yet of her intricate fabric relief art in this endearing version of the familiar childhood song. Informative concluding notes explain the debate over the authorship of the 19th-century verse (at least some of which is generally credited to Hale), and mention the diverse techniques-among them applique, embroidery, wrapping, dyeing and soft sculpture-that comprise Mavor's extraordinary medium. Finely reproduced color transparencies capture the art's three-dimensional quality, which Mavor achieves by incorporating such materials as stuffed cardboard shapes, wrapped wire, beach stones and a wide variety of fabrics. The artist manages to make her human figures-Mary, her family, teacher and classmates-surprisingly lifelike, and she fills her outdoor and indoor settings with remarkable detail. Perhaps the clearest star of this pleasant book is one perky, woolly lamb (with fleece made of fine yarn tied into tiny French knots) which, whether gamboling after its mistress or peeking out from under her school desk, seemingly begs to be cuddled. Ages 2-6.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1?The familiar children's verse is given a new interpretation in this lovely book in which each double-page spread is truly a work of art. Mavor's art form is fabric relief, a technique including applique, embroidery, wrapping, dyeing, and soft sculpture to create appealing, tactile pictures that children will love to pore over. They capture the rural setting and period of the poem first published in 1830, with details overflowing onto the borders framed by strips of woven fabrics. The lamb itself is a charming character fashioned from hundreds of French knots in fine wool yarn. Helpful background information is given at the end for those interested in the origins of the poem and the controversy surrounding its authorship, as well a note on the production of Mavor's art. Two other versions of the poem are available, Bruce McMillan's photographic rendition set in the present (Scholastic, 1990) and Tomie dePaola's more historical presentation (Holiday, 1984). They each have their own virtues, but this one is enchanting.?Judith Gloyer, Milwaukee Public Library
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Ages 3^-6. Librarians who don't think they need another "Mary Had a Little Lamb" may change their minds when they see this version, which features artwork in a collage technique combining applique{‚}ed cloth with stitchery, beads, and found objects. Reproduced in full color, the pictures showcase Mavor's creative use of soft sculpture and her exquisite embroidery. Though adults may "ooh" and "aah" over the book more than children will, the illustrations interpret the verse clearly and with enough narrative content to hold a young audience. Carolyn Phelan


"Mary's farm, village and schoolhouse come to life in meticulously embroidered backgrounds; textured fabrics provide borders; patterned dresses and aprons clothe the heroine; and readers can nearly touch the wooly naps of the lamb's fleece." Publishers Weekly
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About the Author

Salley Mavor has illustrated many picture books in her signature style. She lives on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.
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