"Mary Had A Little Lamb"
Updated February 23, 2017 | Factmonster Staff
I am trying to find out the author of "Mary Had A Little Lamb" for my daughter's school project. Can you please help?
Sure. The poem was originally called "Mary's Lamb" and it was written by Sarah Josepha Hale. It first appeared in a book of verses called "Poems For Our Children" in 1830.
After the poem was published, a woman named Mary Sawyer, who as a young girl went to school at Redstone School in Sterling, Mass., claimed she was the "Mary" in the poem. In 1817 she did have a lamb follow her to school and she remembered being handed a poem about the event by 12-year-old John Rhoulstone. There is no evidence of whether or not Hale ever saw that poem.
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