The Surprising Controversy Behind 'Mary Had a Little Lamb'

The Surprising Controversy Behind 'Mary Had a Little Lamb'

\" \" This 19th-century illustration of the \"Mary Had a Little Lamb\" nursery rhyme is from the \"Little Folks Colored Picture Book\" published circa 1875. Below the statue is a plaque inscribed with the famous opening verse:\"Mary had a little lamb/ Its fleece was white as snow/ And everywhere that Mary went/ The lamb was sure to go.\" AdvertisementAdvertisementDid Sarah Hale Write 'Mary Had a Little Lamb'? But Hale denied ever seeing another version of \"Mary Had a Little Lamb\" and swore she had conjured the story wholly from her imagination. In 1927, he took up the cause of Mary Sawyer, moving the wooden frame of Mary's original red schoolhouse from Sterling.

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