Mary Had a Little Glam by Tammi Sauer


Mary Had a Little Glam by Tammi Sauer

This little Mary has STYLE! In this fun take on Mother Goose, fashion-forward Mary helps some of Childhood's most beloved characters go glam. From the kid who lives in a shoe (and done some fab footwear, too) to Jack, who breaks his crown but gets a great new one, Mary's school friends look fantastic in their finery. But are they now too well dressed for playtime? Not to worry - Mary always shows her flair for what to wear!


* Pinkalicious + Fancy Nancy + Eloise = Mary, the diminutive, precocious, brown-skinned queen of glam. The day Mary starts school, she declares to her mom, I must accessorize. And she does. With bows, buttons, scarves, and even a sheep-shaped purse with an attitude, Mary turns heads all over town. Her drab-looking (though racially diverse) classmates at Mother Goose Elementary (Little Boy Blue, Georgie Porgie, and Little Bo Peep as well as the unnamed others) certainly appear to have stepped out of eras long gone by. The brown-skinned teacher, complete with a bun atop her crown, also appears to be a relic. Mary soon changes their glamless lives with beads, feather boas, sporty hats, and festive patterns aplenty. Mary's makeover magic leaves no school subject or space unturned. When recess arrives, a crisis ensues, for the kids are dressed all wrong for romping. Undaunted, Mary knows exactly what to do. Sauer's rhythm never falters, and Brantley-Newton's bright, fun-filled illustrations teem with energy and life and will keep young readers guessing: who or what will Mary accessorize next, and how? The array of skin tones will help all readers see themselves in this book in which imagination and creativity reign supreme. Whether by happenstance or by design, this delightful picture book positively answers the call for more books about children of color that aren't about civil rights or slavery. Welcome, Mary! We hope to see you again. Kirkus Reviews (STARRED REVIEW) . . . a gleeful story starring a young black fashionista . . . . Tammi Sauer's (Chicken Dance; Cowboy Camp) wordplay is as spirited as the story . . . Illustrator Vanessa Brantley-Newton . . . captures the giddy makeover mayhem in the dramatic expressions of her characters and in her wonderful, freewheeling use of collaged fabrics and vintage papers. . . . [an] exuberant picture-book ode to the fun of fashion. Shelf Awareness

About the Author

Tammi Sauer is the author of several children's books, including Chicken Dance, Cowboy Camp and Your Alien. She has worked as a teacher and library media specialist. Vanessa Brantley Newton's passion for children's books began when she came across Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats as a child in the 1960s. Snowy Day marked one of the first representations of black children in picture books and seeing a character that looked like her and lived in a neighbourhood like her own was a turning point in Vanessa's life. She has since written and illustrated numerous children's books.

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32 pages
Interest Age: Aged 3 to 7


Tammi Sauer
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Publication date

18th August 2016



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