Looking for the perfect read aloud? Look no further. Here’s a science-y, humorous twist on “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”
Mary may be a scientific genius, but she has no friends.
So she sets out to create a pet, something that will “make her life complete.” Her invention, a “sheepinator,” turns out to be a “woolly duplicator” par excellence, and her classmates all ask for a sheep of their own.
Soon, Mary’s world is overrun with sheep and friends who try to help her figure out what to do with all those woolly critters.
Gotta say there’s one perfect line (transformed from the nursery rhyme) that’s absolutely brilliant. And I didn’t see it coming…or—ah—going.
But what to do with all these sheep? Well….one must make a new invention…one that will take advantage of all that woolly fleece.
This is a terrific book for the little inventors in your life, or for showing how friends can be made in the process of helping others.
Title: Mary Had a Little Lab
Author: Sue Fliess
Illustrator: Petros Bouloubasis
Publisher: Albert Whitman, 2018
Ages: PreK-3rd grade
THEMES: STEM, friendship, Girl Power
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