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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (original 1997; edition 1999)

by Simms Taback

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Title:There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
Authors:Simms Taback
Info:Scholastic (1999), Paperback, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:old lady, animals, eating

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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback (1997)


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This book is super fun for the teacher and the kids. The children really love hearing it and reading it and how it keeps adding more. It is repetitive so the child have more fun interacting with the story. This book has has very good illustrations. ( )
  hh500 | Apr 13, 2015 |
This book was written by Simms Taback and is a classic. It is about an old lady who swallows a fly and the fly leads to her swallowing all sorts of funny things.The illustrations are great and very colorful and even have a 3-D touch to them so the reader can see what the old lady has swallowed. This book is good for all ages. It is one that is super fun to read to kids who can not read yet because the words of the book can easily be turned into lyrics so this book can be read at story time and even music time. Also, kids who can read it, really enjoy it also because it is so funny. I strongly suggest this book to read to kids and even yourself. It is such a fun book and from experience, kids really enjoy reading and listening to it, they might even ask you to read it over and over again. ( )
  MaryMariePearson | Apr 9, 2015 |
In my opinion, "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly" is a fantastic fictitious book. It details a lady who swallows an assortment of things including a fly, spider, horse, etc., and finally a house. This unique (and slightly strange) book is definitely exciting, fun, and exhilarating to read. This book was originally a song/poem, so it makes it entertaining to read the series of rhymes. Because it was a song, the story is written as a pattern and the sentences repeat themselves as the story goes on. For instance, page 5 says, "She swallowed the bird to catch the spider. She swallowed the spider to catch the fly. I don't know why she swallowed the fly. Perhaps she'll die." This constant flow of repetition allows children to remind themselves of what the lady swallowed, but also gives them the chance to predict what the next (bigger) item will be that the lady swallows. The combination of colorful illustrations and the idea that the lady will swallow something larger than she previously did creates a suspenseful plot that keeps the reader engaged and wanting to continue on. This story enhances children's imaginations and teaches them about poems in the process. ( )
  akoches | Feb 2, 2015 |
In this book there is an old lady that swallows a fly. She then goes on to swallow other animals to catch the fly. It's a really enjoyable book for children because of the repetition that it uses each time it adds another animal. Children are able to jump in and "read" it with you even if they really can't read yet. There is reflective work you can do with this book by asking the children questions such as, "who did the old lady swallow after the cat?" They can also repeat the story to you from this certain point. This will be able to help them really listen to the story as well as name the animals. This book is really great for all ages. ( )
  emedwards | Jan 28, 2015 |
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There was a cold lady who swallowed many different things, one after the other, but what happens after she swallows snow? Modeled on the folk song: There was an old lady who swallowed a fly.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0670869392, Hardcover)

An old favorite as you've never seen it before!

Everyone knows the song about the old lady who swallowed a fly, a spider, a bird, and even worse, but who's ever seen what's going on inside the old lady's stomach? With this inventive die-cut artwork, Simms Tabak gives us a rollicking, eye-popping version of the well-loved poem.

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Presents the traditional version of a famous American folk poem first heard in the U.S. in the 1940's with illustrations on die-cut pages that reveal all that the old lady swallows.

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