Mary Had a Little Lamb is a nursery rhyme first published in 1830.
The poem was inspired by an actual pet lamb belonging to Mary Sawyer. At the encouragement of her brother, the young Mary brought her lamb to school one day, resulting in the poem still recited by children generations later.
The poem, and the character, have had numerous appearances and mentions in Muppet productions over the years.
- The Sesame Street recurring segment "Murray Has a Little Lamb", is a play on the famed nursery rhyme, and features a rap/salsa variation of the classic song.
- In a Sesame Street News Flash segment, Don Music is trying to compose "Mary Had a Little Lamb," but he can't find a rhyme for "snow." Kermit suggests he try a new angle and the result is "Mary Had a Bicycle".
- In the News Flash segment "Cookie Red Riding Hood", the doorbell to Red Riding Hood's Grandmother plays "Mary Had a Little Lamb."
- In yet another News Flash segment, Kermit encounters a distressed Little Bo Peep, whose sheep is missing. One of the sheep they interview claims to be Mary's little lamb.
- In Episode 2480, Telly Monster does a Monster on the Spot report on the rhyme. Mary's lamb is characterized as a Harvard-educated author named William F. Lamby (parodying William F. Buckley Jr.) who writes a follow-up to the story.
- In Episode 4010 of Sesame Street, Elmo, Zoe, Telly and Rosita perform a reenactment of "Mary Had a Little Lamb."
- Abby Cadabby tries to use her magic to find Mary's lost lambs in the book Abby Cadabby's Nursery Rhymes.
- Shadow tells the story of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" in Friends at Play of Bear in the Big Blue House.
- Special footage was shot for the "Mary Had a Little Lamb" segment of Kids' Favorite Songs 2. Here, Mary addresses her lamb as "Lamby."
- The nursery rhyme is featured in the books The Sesame Street Dictionary, The Sesame Street Library Volume 2, The Sesame Street Treasury Volume 15, Read Along with Elmo, Elmo Plays Piano, Big Book of Nursery Rhymes & Fairy Tales and Muppet Treasury, among others.
- Herry Monster plays "Mary" in the On My Way with Sesame Street volume "Just Pretend." In the rhyme he has a monster lamb with blue fur.
- Prairie Dawn has a little lamb, and a cow, dog, baby chick, a shaggy friend with purple fur (Telly Monster), and another who was blue (Grover) in Sesame Street's Mother Goose Rhymes.
Appearances as a Character
- Sesame Street
- In a Sesame Street News Flash segment, Kermit interviews Mary and her lamb, named Felix, who follows Kermit home. (First: Episode 1943)
- In Episode 2480, Mary is a Hot Pink AM with yellow pigtailed hair (performed by Camille Bonora). The illustrations in William F. Lamby's book depict her with a generic human design with black hair. Lamby notes that this predates Mary dying her hair.
- Mary visits the park where she encounters Hoots the Owl and Chip and Dip. They help her write a second chorus to her song, about her new black lamb. (First: Episode 2839)
- Mary and her lamb appear as contestants on Elmo's Sing-Along Guessing Game, where it is revealed they live in Nursery Rhyme, South Dakota.
- In Episode 4110 of Sesame Street (from Season 37), Mary (Amanda Maddock) shows off her lamb's animal impressions at Storybook Community School.
- In Episode 4117, from the same season, Big Bird and the Birdketeers welcome Mary and her little lamb to their nest. However, since Elmo has changed his name to Jelmo for the day, the group decide to change Mary's nursery rhyme to "Jenny Had a Little Jam" for the day.
- The Muppets
- In a Disney Xtreme Digital video, The Newsman presents a Muppet News Flash, only for Mary and her lamb to fall down.
- On Sesame Street, four Honkers attempted to play "Mary Had a Little Lamb" with their noses in a three-part segment. (First: Episode 1561)
- Another Sesame Street segment features a string quartet tuning up before it plays "Mary Had a Little Lamb."(First: Episode 3744)
- The interactive video game Let's Learn to Play Together features the song.
- Versions of the song are included on the album Big Bird Leads the Band, amongst others.