Mary had a little
lamb its fleece was white as snow;
And everywhere that Mary went,
the lamb was sure to go.
It followed her to school one day, which was against the rule;
It made the children laugh and play,
to see a lamb at school.
And so the teacher turned it out,
but still it lingered near,
And waited patiently about
till Mary did appear.
"Why does the lamb love Mary so?"
the eager children cry;
"Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know"
the teacher did reply.
use of language
The words and lyrics of this American nursery rhyme would appeal to a young child and introduces
imagery and the use of similes (white as snow) as part of use of
the English language. The words also convey the morale that love
is reciprocated! We can find no specific connection in
history for the origins of this nursery rhyme but the origins are
American as the lyrics were written by
Sarah Hale, of Boston, in 1830.