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Mary Had A Little Lamp
By Jack Lechner and Illustrated by Bob Staake
Bloomsbury
2008
ISBN 10: 1599901692
ISBN 13: 9781599901695
 
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Behind The Pages With Bob:

"I often point to this book as being the best example of an absolutely perfect rhyme. Jack's fun, light, streamlined and smart poem is simply brilliant -- and it almost didn't need to be illustrated by me -- but I am so proud to have been a part of this insanely clever book. It is a crying shame that it is out o print (as of 7/2017), but do yourself (and your child) a favor and snag a second hand copy if you can!"

-- Bob Staake

 

I used many photographed elements and surfaces in my illustrations for this book -- from grass to blacktop, sand to fabrics.

In a street scene, you'll note a poster for "FIZZO COLA". The same poster appears in my book Trucks Go Pop.

My Chatham, Massachusetts home can be seen on the spread where Mary's parents send her off to Camp Wottalottaphun.

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Summary:

Updating the classic rhyme with "appliance humor," gives this book a hilarious twist and a great new take on the "beloved transitional object" story. Mary has a little lamp that she takes everywhere: to school, the movies, the circus, the zoo, even a wedding. One day Mary heads off to summer camp without her bendy-necked lamp and discovers that life without a lamp isn't so bad! In fact, when Mary returns home, her little lamp stays on her shelf for good. Now what will she find instead?

Sample image from book (above)

 

Amazon Customer Reviews:

"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."

"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!"

"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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