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Summary: This book follows the traditional Mary had a little lamb rhyme. The lamb follows her to school but the teachers says he can't stay. He waits for her and the children play with the lamb after school. This picture book illustrates the classic nursery rhyme Mary Had a Little Lamb.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 5; read yourself: 7 to 10
Interest Level: 1 to 5
Reading Level: 2.4
Age of Child: Read with a 4-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: My daughter loved this book in part because she is so familiar with the rhyme. She liked being able to say the rhyme while I read the book and enjoyed seeing the pictures that went with it. This is a book she asked to read again.
Adult Reader Reaction: I liked the book, but did not love it. The end part of the rhyme was a little strange. It is the traditional words but I was not initially familiar with that part. I did not find any part of it remarkable. I was a bit surprised with how much she liked it. She asked to read it several times.
Pros: Children will enjoy reciting this familiar nursery rhyme and looking at how it is illustrated. For some, it will introduce more verses than what they're used to.
Cons: The pictures did not stand out for me.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This would be a good teaching book and children would enjoy learning and practicing the rhyme but it is not exceptional enough to spend money on.
Educational Themes: Use this book to complement to complement your child's practice learning nursery rhymes. [This is required for many school curricula.]
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