Mary Had a Little Lamb by Sarah Josepha HaleLaura Huliska-Beiths brightly colored, playful illustrations bring life to this classic nursery rhyme. She includes the full text of Sarah Josepha Hales poem, including some verses that are rarely found elsewhere:
Mary had a little lamb,
Its fleece was white as snow,
And every where that Mary went
The lamb was sure to go;
He followed her to school one day—
That was against the rule,
It made the children laugh and play,
To see a lamb at school.
And so the Teacher turned him out,
But still he lingered near,
And waited patiently about,
Till Mary did appear;
And then he ran to her, and laid
His head upon her arm,
As if he said—“I’m not afraid—
You’ll keep me from all harm.”
“What makes the lamb love Mary so?”
The eager children cry—
“O, Mary loves the lamb, you know,
The Teacher did reply;—
“And you each gentle animal
In confidence may bind,
And make them follow at your call,
If you are always kind.”
(text found at: https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/m...)
Huliska-Beiths expressive illustrations will help children understand the meaning of some of the more difficult words and phrases. A Note about the Poem on the last page of the book explains the controversy over whether the poem was originally written by Sarah Joseph Hale or adapted by her, based on a 12-line poem by John Roulstone. A woman named Mary Sawyer Tyler claimed that Roulstone originally wrote the poem about her when she was a little girl who actually had a pet lamb that followed her to school.
Granville Barker's Prefaces to Shakespeare
One scene, we have just been told [in the playl, is to "come near the circumstance" of the old King's murder, and we shall more vaguely remember that Hamlet meant to write 11 a speech of some dozen or sixteen lines"-presumably to point the likeness. We are prepared for such a elimax to the business. But before the play proper can begin:. Does not this fatally anticipate the promised critical scene? Will Claudius not "blench" at so elose a picturing-though a picturing only-of his crime? Let hirn do so, and is not Harnlet's purpose at once served, but Shakespeare's so to say aborted, the rest of the scene being then superfluous? Or, iE Claudius manages to control hirnself, will he not, since "this show imports the argument oE the play," stop the proceedings then and there?
First published in , this is one of a whole series of Prefaces written by Granville-Barker on Shakespeare's plays. His preface to Hamlet is the one where he takes occasion to write a book-length discussion. Reproduced here is the section where he lays out the three "movements" of the play, and the chronology within and among those movements, which he proceeds to discuss in more detail in ensuing chapters. There is both a place structure and a time structure in Hamlet. The place structure depends upon no exact localization of scenes. The time structure answers to no scheme of act division.