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Sing-Along Stories 3: Mary Had a Little Lamb, Yankee Doodle, Bill Grogan's Goat    by Mary Ann Hoberman & Nadine Bernard Westcott order for
Sing-Along Stories 3
by Mary Ann Hoberman
Order:  USA  Can
Little, Brown & Co., 2005 (2005)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

The remarkable boxed set in Sing-Along Stories 3 includes three board books - Mary Had a Little Lamb, Yankee Doodle, and Bill Grogan's Goat - and a musical CD. Nadine Bernard Westcott's antic illustrations go perfectly with Mary Ann Hoberman's engaging additions to the traditional tales.

We learn everything that Mary's lamb did in its day at school - its reactions to the kids trying to teach it the first 2 R's are hilarious, and the teacher makes a good call. Yankee Doodle's horse Macaroni ends up carrying quite a crowd in this cute re-telling - the whole gang ends up opening a restaurant called 'Yankee Doodle's Noodles'. And Goat takes a train trip, sharing Bill Grogan's regurgitated red shirts with the new animal friends that he makes on board - but he ends up an Indian giver in a symmetric ending that I loved.

The songs, which will be instant hits with the whole family, encourage singing along (kids already do the chorus in Bill Grogan's Goat, and the CD includes both song and music-only versions). Sing-Along Stories 3 would make a very welcome gift for any occasion, from birthdays to seasonal holidays.

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