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Mary had a little lamb,
Its fleece was white as snow,
And every where that Mary went
The lamb was sure to go.

He followed her to school one day —
That was against the rule,
It made the children laugh and play
To see a lamb at school.

And so the Teacher turned him out,
But still he lingered near,
And waited patiently about,
Till Mary did appear.

And then he ran to her and laid
His head upon her arm,
As if he said — “I’m not afraid —
You’ll shield me from all harm.”

“What makes the lamb love Mary so,”
The little children cry;
“O, Mary loves the lamb you know,
The Teacher did reply.

“And you each gentle animal
In confidence may bind,
And make them follow at your call,
If you are always kind.”

Poem for kids written by Sarah Josepha Hale

Header illustration by Dutchpirates on Pixabay, with thanks.

LET’S CHAT ABOUT THE POEM~ IDEAS FOR TALKING WITH KIDS

Kindness, Empathy

1. Why does the teacher say that the little lamb follows Mary? Do you think this is true?

2. How do you think an animal feels if a person is kind to it?

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