Mary Had A Little Lamp

Mary Had A Little Lamp

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Mary takes her "bendy," gooseneck lamp wherever she goes, much to the dismay of her parents and classmates, but after leaving it at home during summer camp, Mary finds that she has outgrown her need for her odd companion.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Children's Books : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2008.
ISBN: 9781599901695
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpageg) :,col. ill. ;,26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Staake, Bob 1957-


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Jul 14, 2013

OMG, I couldn't believe the inappropriateness of this book! Yes, the story does teach open-mindedness, by showing that it is totally fine for each person to be attached to whatever they choose is right for them, which is awesome & that it's okay to let go of our comfort items when we no longer feel we need them....but of all the unconventional things that the author could have chosen to demonstrate this, he chose a lamp? Really?!?!? Does he not have any experience with children or child safety issues?!!! Throughout the book, Mary, the young child, carries &or literally drags this gooseneck lamp (with the glass bulb screwed in) around by the long cord. My 5 year old granddaughter is fascinated with how things work and I have worked diligently to teach her that "light bulbs are very fragile and break into dangerously sharp shards and you may not screw them in and out, and you must be careful not to bump into them" and that "we do not touch or play with power cords". And this book takes all that safety education and throws it away! That being said, had the author chosen any other object (or should I say any other "safe" object) as the child's comfort item, it would have been a really good book.

ChristchurchLib May 28, 2013

Crisply modern collages of geometric shapes in distinctive, eye-catching colours and patterns set the tone for this delightfully contemporised classic. Some children get attached to teddy bears or blankets, but eccentric, redheaded Mary only has eyes for her bendy gooseneck desk lamp. She totes the lamp behind her every day, tucks it in every night, and won’t be tempted by more mainstream replacements: “We told her she could have a dog; she wanted this instead!” While Mary’s choice of comfort object may be offbeat, the rhythm and rhyme in this charmingly unconventional nursery rhyme reboot are right on target.

May 2013 Picture books newsletter.

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