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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

by Pam Adams, ME Child's Play Auburn

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An illustrated version of the cumulative folk song in which the solution proves worse than the predicament when an old lady swallows a fly. Some pages are die-cut, permitting a portion of the next illustration to be seen.
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I think I like Simms Taback's version more. But is this the original?

Either way, this is still a solid classic, and a good reminder not to eat a horse. ( )
  mrsandersonreads23 | Apr 14, 2024 |
The one with the proper ending! All the newer ones leave out the eventual absurd death. A family friend used to read this to me when I was small, and this was the edition. Nice colorful pictures and the original goofy rhyme. Great for kids. ( )
  MrKusabi | Mar 5, 2024 |
SUBJECTS:
Folk-songs, American Texts
Folk Songs, English Texts
Aged Women Juvenile Fiction
Humerous Stories
Folk Songs
Board Books
Zzz
Nursery Rhymes Pictorial Works
Folk Songs In English
  kmgerbig | Apr 6, 2023 |
A little macabre to be honest - didn't remember the whole bit about death when I read it as a kid!
That being said, my 1 year old loves to listen to the book (as long as I make the animal sounds as well) and loves to play with the book itself because of the large holes. ( )
  spiritedstardust | Dec 29, 2022 |
Independent Reading Level: Grades 1-2
  Mgtyre | Dec 6, 2022 |
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An illustrated version of the cumulative folk song in which the solution proves worse than the predicament when an old lady swallows a fly. Some pages are die-cut, permitting a portion of the next illustration to be seen.

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"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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She opens her mouth/ bird and beasts glide down her throat/ now she's dead, of course (caileen)

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