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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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The message shows the process of what animals eat. The book could be used in Kindergarten through second grade in a science lesson about different animals and go in depth of each habitat.
  biancagrhm | Apr 29, 2015 |
This classic folktale was about a woman who swallowed a fly, who then had to swallow a spider, then swallowed a bird, etc. The story goes on and on and she continues to swallow things until she does die. This book is usually sung in song form and the book had interesting pop out pages. ( )
  sommerkirk | Apr 21, 2015 |
Simms Taback is a writer, graphic artist, and illustrator of more than 35 books. He was runner up for this book for the Caldecott Medal in 1998. This book is about how an old lady manages to swallow every animal that comes in her path for no reason, until she goes a bit too far towards the end. This book is a silly rhyming book that is helpful for students learning to read. The theme of this book would be to watch what you eat because you never know what will happen to you! The illustrations really help this book out because they very bright, and they really stick out. Half of the pages have black backgrounds, which helps the reader focus on the pictures.They help tell the story, because as the story progresses, you can see the growth of animals in the old woman’s stomach, as well as the total growth of the woman. ( )
  madiburton | Apr 17, 2015 |
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 |
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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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