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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell! (edition 2008)

by Lucille Colandro, Jared Lee (Illustrator)

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Title:There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell!
Authors:Lucille Colandro
Other authors:Jared Lee (Illustrator)
Info:Cartwheel Books (2008), Paperback, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Rhyming, Seasonal, Song Lyrics

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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell! by Lucille Colandro



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This book is about an old lady who swallows everything in sight just to burp out a sandcastle. Students usually think this book is very funny.
  jfala001 | Nov 30, 2015 |
I like this book because of the illustrations and language the author used throughout the book. In my opinion this is an engaging, fun, and visual book to read because of how colorful the illustrations are and how the illustrations on each page vary. For example, every page presents a new scene that introduces new characters. Also, the illustrations truly enhance the story. On all of the pages the character sizes vary, and the illustrations contain many colorful details so the reader’s attention is captured. This allows the reader to not get tired of seeing similar scenes and similar sized characters repeated throughout the book.

I enjoy the language and plot of the book. The book contains literary devices such as, repetition and rhyme. The story is easy to follow and children will be able to remember the sequence of events easier due to the book presenting these literary devises consistently on every page. For example, “There was an old lady who swallowed a shell. I don’ t know why she swallowed a shell. She didn’t tell. There was an old lady who swallowed a crab. Why did she grab that crawling crab?” I also feel that the book will fixate children because the story is humorous. For example, “There was an old lady who swallowed a wave. Swallowing a wave was such a big hassle, that she suddenly burped…and built a sand castle!” Children will find this plot comical because they enjoy imaginative humor that is far-fetched for their age.

The big idea or central message of the book is to introduce young children to things they will encounter when they take a trip to the beach. If children have not had an opportunity to visit a beach they will have a new understanding of what beaches look like, and also what animals populate them after reading this book. ( )
  Germuth | Sep 15, 2014 |
Swallowed a Fly is a great book to read. Its one of those books that repeats lines and students will catch on and resight them with you. They love doing this, not to mention this book is funny and your students will laugh all the way through it. The pictures are also so funny and really good. Great read aloud for lower grades!
  aclemen1 | Apr 29, 2013 |
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  ritubohara | Apr 8, 2013 |
This is a silly book about an old lady who swallows a shell and keeps swallowing things to try and get rid of the shell. I would use this in class because it is a silly picture book that children can laugh at. I would use this in classrooms from 2 - 6.
Jenessa Morgan | 4 other reviews | Oct 29, 2012 |

I agree with this review from Jenessa Morgan. The students love this book because of the rhyming and the silly overtures. ( )
  vholmes | Nov 7, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439873800, Paperback)

A new beach version of the classic "There Was an Old Lady" song and favorite series!

"There was an old lady who swallowed a shell.
I don't know why she swallowed the shell.
She didn't tell."

You won't believe why this old lady swallows a shell, a crab, a fish, a gull, a pail, some sand, and a wave! But watch out when she burps, with hilarious results!

With rollicking, rhyming text and funny illustrations, this lively version of a classic song will appeal to young readers with every turn of the page. And, there's a surprise ending!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:18:38 -0400)

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In this variation on the traditional cumulative rhyme, a woman swallows a shell, a crab, a fish, a gull, a pail, some sand, and a wave.

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