I would have loved to write a book review for Mary Had A Little Glam, but the way the gender of my kids is set up just would not fit with this book.  I have three sons.  I had to call on my Pittsburgh Brown Mama clan to write this review.  Welcome Brown Mama Constance!  She and her daughter were kind enough to read this phenomenal book by Tammi Sauer and give her honest opinion.  Here’s what she has to say about this book for little brown girls.


Mary Had a Little Glam is a stylish take on Mary Had a Little Lamb. This book  teaches little girls that they can be beautiful and carefree  at the same time.  Mary Had a Little Glam is full of robust vocabulary yet my three-year was able to follow the story. The illustrations are awesome and they bring the story to life. It starts out with Mary accessorizing before she heads off to school.  As a mother of two girls I am often a witness to the in-depth process of accessorizing.   Mary heads off to school turning heads with her over the top style which includes  a boa, a bird’s nest  hat, and a sheep shaped handbag.  Mary arrives at her classroom and it is refreshingly diverse.


The different skin tones showcased throughout Mary Had a Little Glam will help all readers see themselves in this book. Some of the classmates are even from other Mother Goose stories. Little Bo Peep, Georgie Porgie, and Little Boy Blue are just a few.  Mary proceeds to glam up her  classmates who appear to be stuck in fashions from the 50’s and she even glams up her teacher.  May I add, her teacher was SHARP!


Mary Had a Little Glam is wonderful book that has a beautiful carefree black girl as the main character. This is a book that promotes having positive self-esteem which is especially necessary for young black girls who may not see a lot of images that promote self-love.  Mary Had a Little Glam will make a great addition to any little girl’s library.

There you have it!  Brown Mama Constance has spoken.  To learn more about Mary Had a Little Glam visit Tammi Sauer’s Twitter page or just check out her website at TammiSauer.com.  Enter our giveaway to win a copy of Mary Had a Little Glam for the little brown girl in your life.


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Muffy Mendoza is an author, speaker and founder of Pittsburgh Brown Mamas, a support group for nearly 4,000 African-American moms in the Pittsburgh region. To further fill the void Muffy has created a line of educational products focused on helping Black moms be the best moms, too. Her first book, The Brown Mama Mindset: A Blueprint for Black Moms on Life, Love & Home, was featured at the 2018 Essence Festival and is currently sold in various cities across the U.S. Muffy champions the beauty of Black motherhood everywhere she goes, even on the TEDx stage. Find out more about Muffy on muffymendoza.com.


  • So glad to hear the views on this book! I know that Tammi and I are so very please to know that you all really love the book! It was so very important to she and I that Mary be a little girl of color and since I am a woman of color I was so very happy to illustrated a girl character that could and would empower other little girls. Thank you all so much for your very kind words about this book! I hope that there will be many more stories about Mary

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