Monday, May 30, 2022

"Mary Had a Little Plan" - a bookwrap



Mary Had a Little Plan (Volume 2) 

Authored by Tammi Sauer

Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton 

*  Book 2 of 2:  Mary Had a Little Glam *


* Reading Age:  3-7 ages

* Grade Level:  PS-2

* Hardcover:  32 pages

* Publisher:  Union Square Kids

* Pub. Date: September 6, 2022

* * ISBN-10:  1454933038

* ISBN-13:  978-1454933038

* Language:  English

* Reading Age:  3-7 ages


“The rhyming text is organized in well-paced couplets that read effortlessly and offer an occasional nod to other nursery rhymes. The type includes words set in a whimsical font in colors that complement Brantley-Newton’s lively, playful illustrations. Mary and her friends have loads of personality, and readers will be charmed by the ingenuity, dedication, and community spirit they display. A light read, this story is a glowing example of the magic that results when a thoughtful initiative receives support. Fun and inspiring.” — Kirkus Reviews 

Unwrapping Some Illustrations 

The Book

"Mary Had a Little Plan" is an inspiring book that encourages kids, no  matter how small, that they can make a big difference in the world around them.  

 One day Mary passes an old abandoned lot in the centre of her neighbourhood with a marked up wall and wild weeds growing everywhere.  She stops and looks around.  Suddenly she knows how  to turn the eye-sore into something beautiful that the whole community will be proud of.  It needs a cleanup and a complete overhaul. But how will she make that happen?  

She receives help from her family, friends and locals that's how.    Under Mary's leadership the tight-knit community bands together to make Mary's vision come true.   With hard work and determination everyone catches the spirit of the revival, roll up their sleeves and together they create a wonderful space to enjoy where everyone is welcome.  

The story is written in rhyme which kids will love and the illustrations are full of colour, detail and life.  They are spot on and take you right into the story.  I love the diversity of the characters who gather together to creatively transform this space for all of the community to assemble and enjoy the fruits of their labour.  

The book will spark conversations about environmental themes, leadership, teamwork, imagination and creativity. I love the nod to the nursery rhymes that's a fun component.  It's fantastic that a little girl takes the lead and inspires others to get on board and work with her for the good of every resident living there.  I highly recommend the book. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


Meet the Author

Tammi Sauer is the author of more than thirty picture books including Mary Had a Little Glam, Your Alien, and Lovebird Lou. She is a former teacher and library media specialist who now celebrates reading and writing with thousands of kids each year through her author visits. Tammi and her family live in Edmond, Oklahoma, where they make and carry out all kinds of plans. To learn more about Tammi, visit and follow her on Twitter at @SauerTammi.

About the Illustrator

Vanessa Brantley-Newton is a self-taught illustrator, doll maker, and crafter who studied fashion illustration at FIT and children’s book illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York. She is the author and illustrator of Grandma’s Purse, Just Like Me, and Becoming Vanessa, and has illustrated numerous children’s books. Vanessa lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband, daughter, and a very rambunctious cat named Stripes. Learn more about Vanessa at and on Facebook and Instagram.

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