Miss Mary Mack

Miss Mary Mack

Megan Tingley Books/Little, Brown • 1998 • 32 pages • ISBN: 978-0-3169-3118-2

Miss Mary Mack

illustrated by
Nadine Bernard Westcott


In this antic adaptation of the familiar hand-clapping nonsense rhyme, the elephant’s leap over the fence is just the beginning of the fun! This first book in the ongoing Hoberman/Westcott collaboration will have children chanting and clapping and cheering for more. With music and clapping instructions.

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Miss Mary Mack
Miss Mary Mack


Publishers Weekly

“Former children’s poet laureate Hoberman celebrates the stalwart star that makes life possible and connects people regardless of where they live … there’s a lot to be said for spreading a little sunshine through unironic high spirits and unalloyed good nature.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Bouncing rhyming text takes readers on a whirlwind journey around the globe … A celebration of unity through variety that’s just right for these divided times.”


“Peppy rhymes and bright, animated artwork showcase the sun as a ubiquitous link among everyone the world over, past and present … this upbeat ode to the uplifting and unifying qualities of the sun is infectious.”

The New York Times

“If you’re as picky about rhyming picture books as I am, you’ll be excited that the former children’s poet laureate Hoberman, whose meter never falters, has created this clever ode to the sun and its globe-spanning, life-giving power.”

School Library Journal

“This work celebrates the magic of the sun and the diversity of humanity … sunlight touches everyone and everything in nature … Readers of all ages will delight in the accessible text, joyous illustrations, and vibrant colors that honor the inter-connectedness of all living things.”