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Mary Had a Little Lamp Hardcover – April 1, 2008

4.8 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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About the Author

This is Jack Lechner's first children's book. He was a producer for The Fog of War and is the author of Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You: One Man, Seven Days, Twelve Televisions (Crown).
ILLUSTRATOR INFORMATION: Bob Staake is a cover illustrator for The New Yorker. He has co-authored and/or illustrated over 40 books, including Hello, Robots! and The Red Lemon.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Lexile Measure: 620L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1st edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599901692
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599901695
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,070,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Some kids like cuddly bears. Some like fuzzy blankies. Some like the comfort of a binky. But Mary isn't like other kids. Instead of a bear, a blankie or a binkie, she carts around a lamp.

Mary had a little lamp--
The bendy, gooseneck kind.
And everywhere that Mary went
She dragged the lamp behind.

We love this fresh take on the classic nursery rhyme. What's especially fun about this zippy, silly book is Mary's attitude. This perky little individualist doesn't give a flying fig what others think of her appliance. Her teacher scolds her, the kids tease her and her parents worry. None of this matters to Mary. She simply likes her lamp, and that's that!

When Mary's parents, sure that she has some strange affliction, take her to the doctor, Lechner delivers one of our all time favorite lines:

Their doctor said, "I've never seen
so puzzling a condition.
But lamps are not my specialty
You need an electrician."

Staake's brightly colored illustrations use simple shapes and lines to create a lively, graphic style. Sure to be a favorite at storytimes everywhere--this book will light up your libraries!
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We had taken it out in a library when we traveled to visit family and my daughter loved it so much she read it every day while we were visiting.
It's funny and just right for her age (4) had to get it for her as soon as we made it back. Wish author had more funny kids books like this one
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I took this book to my child's Kindergarten class as a guest reader. Every one of the 20 kids was laughing out loud by the end.

I can't give a better review than that!
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This book came in impeccable condition and was shipped fast. My daughter fell in love with "Mary Had a Little Lamp" after she brought it home from her school's library. She's just learning to read but has memorized the book to a T and even asked for her own little lamp, the bendy, goose-neck kind, for Christmas!
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Mary Had a Little Lamp is just the right blend of funny, silly and clever. My boys love this book!
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This book is so clever! I thought it was just plain fun. The reviewer who called it Unsafe and inappropriate!!!!! should just lighten up. Any kid can see that Lechner has created something so silly that no one would really go dragging a lamp around. Please visit [...] to read more of my reviews of children's books.
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This book is absolutely adorable, and overall a perfect children's book. Catchy and simple enough for children to read over and over again, and sophisticated and clever enough that you won't mind reading it. The illustrations compliment the zany, yet touching text wonderfully--my favorite touch is the lamp tucked into its own lamp bed, and the rhymes are really remarkable...and stay in your head. Overall, a great book that should be a classic.
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got this from the library for my 3.5 year old. she loved it! we both giggled so much. story is smart. art is fantastic (as always from Bob Staake). definitely will buy this book for my daughter and her cousins.
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