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"Mary Had a Little Jam"

Baby Piggy Had a Lamb.

Herry has a little monster lamb.

Big Bird, as a poet, reads the nursery rhyme to a beatnik Muppet couple in The Sesame Street Dictionary.

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 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.
  • Special footage was shot for the "Mary Had a Little Lamb" segment of Kids' Favorite Songs 2. Here, Mary addresses her lamb as "Lamby."

Appearances as a Character


Sesame Street

Mary has made several appearances as a Muppet character on Sesame Street. A Lavender Anything Muppet, she has often been performed by Fran Brill and sometimes adopts a Scottish accent.

  • 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


Song Performances

  • Another Sesame Street segment features a string quartet tuning up before it plays "Mary Had a Little Lamb."(First: Episode 3744)
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