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Mary Had a Little Lamp Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • 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: 10.2 x 7.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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The children love this book!
Janet Hinkle Lanier
We were both so pleased with the witty and charming story, the innovative rhymes, and the cute illustrations.
Suburban Mom
My daughter fell in love with "Mary Had a Little Lamp" after she brought it home from her school's library.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Three Silly Chicks on November 15, 2008
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Hertzler on April 25, 2009
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Pomerance on May 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Mary Had a Little Lamp is just the right blend of funny, silly and clever. My boys love this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Shukert on May 14, 2008
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol Jones on September 8, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Johnson on February 8, 2013
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Our 2.5 year old loves this book. She laughs at the end every time. The best thing about this book as that we (mom & dad) enjoy reading it too. The words are great and the rhythm works.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sonybalony on January 2, 2013
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A must for every little girl's book shelf. It hands down beats the classic Mary had a little lamb. I don't know if little boys would like it. I'll have to wait for grandsons to find out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Nowak on December 27, 2012
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Bought it to read to my new granddaughter. Can't wait!It is a fun, quirky twist to a familiar story and even makes the adults laugh:)
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