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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 absolutely hilarious and has great illustrations. The book has holes in it where you can see "inside" the old lady's stomach. I would recommend this book. ( )
  Madima6781 | Sep 26, 2016 |
Humorous story about an old lady who swallowed a fly. "I don't know why she swallowed a fly, perhaps she'll die!" The old lady then swallowed a number of critters to catch the fly. The reader sees what happens in the old lady's stomach through an ever-expanding die-cut hole.
This book is a rhyming book and could be used for a poetry unit.
The repetitive language in this book could be used to encourage confidence in reading, as well as audience participation.
The old lady swallows a number of critters, this could be used as a silly introduction to the food chain or possibly a nutrition unit.
  KButterfield | Sep 14, 2016 |
This is a great book to have students say the words that are coming up and do predictive reading. It is a bit sad and would have to be taught in a way that students are able to understand it is not possible if teaching it to younger grades. The repetitive language is great practice for students. ( )
  SarahA5752 | Sep 12, 2016 |
I love this fun and interesting book! This book is a great way to introduce rhyming and poetry to younger grades.
  TaylorAtkinson | Sep 8, 2016 |
This is a funny, well illustrated story about an old woman who swallows a fly. "I don't know why she swallowed the fly - perhaps she'll die" is a refrain in the story as she deals with problem of the fly now inside her stomach. How does she deal? She begins swallowing critters to catch the fly....will it work? Will she die?
Very fun rhymes that have a wonderful rhythm and flow as we wait to find out what the old woman will eat next - all to catch that fly she swallowed.
  ShalinaRaquel | Sep 8, 2016 |
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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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