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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....

Title : There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
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ISBN : 9780859530217
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 16 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly Reviews

  • Sylvester
    2019-03-10 23:55

    4* art5* song and conceptOh this is just funny. The peek-a-boo pages are especially suited to this song. And Squirt just roars with laughter when we sing "She swallowed a DOG?!!! What a HOG!!!". But the end, where she's dead, he cannot accept. "No she's not!" And that's that. (And we play it again.)

  • Eunice
    2019-03-22 02:54

    As a small child, I found this book incredibly worrying because of its potential influence on young, impressionable children. The old lady seemed senile, in my humble opinion, as she found new-age, questionable methods to resolve minor ailments that her body was more than capable of fixing without aid.I found the rhymes incredibly repetitive and dull, the same way I view song-writers that use the same word to 'make a rhyme' (e.g. 'If you're one of US | Then roll with US'). I also felt that her reasoning sounded like a poor excuse for binge-eating and obesity.In hindsight, I suppose this rhyme is catchy and amusing, but only when I look at it retrospectively as a 20-year-old.

  • Dawn
    2019-02-24 20:58

    This children's classic was one of my niece's favorites. We had puppets and all to go with this lovely set that I must have read a million times ! I wish I could find the set to recommend this particular reading experience. The story is fun but the puppets added so much . I will keep looking.

  • Tricia
    2019-03-17 19:32

    hahah i love this book!

  • Beyond the Pages
    2019-03-20 01:01

    This story is completely absurd and totally hilarious. I really liked the illustrations in this particular book. Great read for the kiddos.

  • Jill
    2019-02-24 01:47

    This one is for my mum. As a child I giggled and giggled over this book. We did funny voices and everything. It still makes me laugh out loud today. I am just a big kid!!

  • Joanne
    2019-02-22 03:34

    Review for There was an old lady who swallowed a fly by Pam AdamsThis is a fun story to read to your class and is most likely aimed for lower key stage one children. The story is about a lady who swallows a whole list of animals (fly, spider, bird, cat, dog, pig, goat, cow, donkey and a horse). The lady keeps swallowing animals to catch the last animal she swallowed. The comical element of the story is that the lady dies after she swallows the horse however she should have died after swallowing the bird. When telling the story to young children the words can be turned into a song which adds to the enjoyment element. The design of the book is also interesting and engaging for younger viewers as there are purposely created holes to see into the ladies tummy and all the animals she has swallowed.I read this book to a class of year one children and there was a lot of laughter throughout the book. I strongly feel that this story could motivate children when reading and therefore supports children reading for pleasure.

  • Martin Hunter
    2019-02-21 23:46

    This book tells the story of an old woman who swallowed a fly, spider, bird and a cat. This book follows a pattern; 'I know an old lady who swallowed a ...', which is attractive from the point of view of teaching rhythm and rhyme. However this is an extremely basic book, which could be infantile to the more advanced Primary 1 child, who would therefore gain little from having this book read to them. Thus this book may be more suited to the nursery classroom rather than the early primary setting.The book could be used in the classroom to promote recall, rhyme and rhythm talking and listening skills. When basic high-frequency words are being taught, this book could be used to identify such.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-03-09 19:58

    On the one hand: this book is much better than all the endless "There was an old lady" sequels with the terrible illustrations and unfunny jokes.On the other hand: it's hard to read if you don't already know the song by heart. Which you probably do.On the one hand: my children love this version. They would have me read (or actually sing) this book every single night. This is probably one of their top five books.On the other hand: I am so sick of it that I would kind of like to set it on fire in the back yard.I think that works out to three stars.

  • Siobhan
    2019-03-02 21:45

    A wonderful read from my childhood, one I’d certainly suggest for other youngsters. Whilst it is not my all-time favourite childhood read I can still recall all the details of this one meaning it certainly left a lasting impression upon my young mind. And isn’t that what we want with children’s books, for them to leave a positive lasting impression?

  • Emily (Mrs B's Books)
    2019-03-03 19:46

    A perfect read for a baby/toddler as the repetitive tone of your voice keeps them captivated along with the bright colours on the pages.

  • Caroline
    2019-02-24 21:51

    This book is awesome - we had it at playgroup when I was little and I just found a copy at a yard sale for my 2 year old and she loves it too!

  • Jenny Larges
    2019-03-18 00:59

    Summary “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly”: This book brings back memories of driving to the mountains from Denver and singing this song with my family. This particular version by Pam Adams is a fun, joyous read because the illustrations are colorful and the presentation of her belly as the old lady eats more and more critters is playful and captivating for kids of all ages (plus, what a fun sing-a-long in the classroom!)Reading level: LG, BL 2.0 & 2.1Characteristics that Support the Genre: Rose Bonne’s poem is cleverly illustrated by Pam Adams, who captures the lightheartedness and visual interest to make this particular version of the story a book to be read and looked at again and again. Mentor Writing Traits:Idea: The character of this story is an old lady who swallows critters. It’s a silly poem with a repeating stanza of “I don’t know why she swallowed the fly. Perhaps she’ll die!”Organization: The logical progression in the book and illustrations is that the old lady just swallows bigger and bigger things, adding to the humor and fantasy of the story.Voice: n/aWord Choice: The words of this poem are silly and sweet, such as the spider who “wriggled and jiggled inside her”, clearly creating images for the listener.Sentence Fluency: There is natural rhythm to the poem, which has several “verses” and always ends with the chorus of “I don’t know why she swallowed the fly. Perhaps she’ll die” (until the end, when she swallows a horse). Again, just silly and nonsensical humor!Conventions: The font is simple, bold and clean with short sentences to support the illustration.Presentation: The best thing about this book is the presentation. As you turn each page, presenting a new critter the old lady has swallowed, there’s a cut-out in the center of the page, showing the fly, the spider, the cat, etc… with the words encircling the cutout.Classroom Integration: This would be a book to read after teaching the song so kids could match the words with the music and support their reading/spelling skills.Other Suggestions: It might be fun to incorporate this into a creative arts lesson where the students could write their own poem and make a picture book utilizing some cut-aways.

  • Judy
    2019-02-26 19:49

    Finally!!! I've been hoping to come across a copy of this book, and it happened today. Best of all, it's in almost new condition. There must be dozens of different versions of this same idea, but none of them is better than this. The illustrations that show what's going on inside that silly woman's stomach fascinate the little kids. When the old lady dies (of course), we always agree that this is just a silly story and the lady was always imaginary. No one would ever swallow all of those things!I suspect that after watching the kids' reaction to the story, I will be changing the rating to 5-stars. We'll see.

  • Evan Fedewa
    2019-03-15 01:55

    Genre: Traditional Literature One Unique Feature: This books unique feature is that there are "holes" in the pages of the book to add effect to the story! Grade Level Suggested: K-2nd grade

  • Nichola Harris
    2019-02-28 03:31

    Really not keen on this book, particularly the ending.Having said that, good rhyme and repetition for young children

  • Jennifer B.
    2019-02-26 20:52

    This is a very nice rendition of the macabre yet beloved nursery rhyme, with nice cut-outs.

  • Brianna
    2019-03-21 02:46

    I love the rhyming to the book. Funny book with cute illustrations. Each thing she swallows is something that would eat the thing she ate before.

  • Hannah
    2019-02-27 02:00

    Fun little rhyme board book for toddlers

  • J
    2019-03-20 19:39

    That ending... I wasn't expecting that. I did this with a puppet with two groups of kids and, at the end, forced her to regurgitate everything. A great time was had by all.

  • Misbah
    2019-02-23 19:43

    A freaky old lady eats a bunch of creatures. It's a cute little book to get kids laughing.

  • Emily Fountain
    2019-03-09 20:47

    I find myself saying the words of the book inside my head at random points of the day. I love reading this book to children because of the many different voices I could use. The repetitiveness is great for children to learn rhythm and how to make predictions. I also really liked the illustrations. They perfectly portray the emotions of the little old lady and it gives a funny image for the child to picture. The book would be boring without the illustrations. It would be funny even without the words but together they make a funny and great story. You could use this book to make a play or to even have your kids write a similar story. This book would be front and center on my book shelf in my classroom for an "enjoyable read". I would also do this as a theme for repetitive books and as an interactive lesson. Great book!

  • Jianna Balascio
    2019-03-05 00:41

    Awards:N/aGrade levels:Pre K-2Summary:There was an old lady who swallowed a fly... what happens next? This story is silly and fun for kids who know the song or do not. Review:This book helps children think about what comes next in a sequence and cause and effect. It is also fun to sing.In class uses:Sequencing, singing, story

  • Maribeth Carreon
    2019-03-03 01:47

    Based on the classic children’s book There was an old lady who swallowed a fly, the author, Pam Adams invites us along a not so sweet journey with an old lady, to analyze her strange methods of fixing her body. It starts off with her unintentionally or purposely, who knows, swallowing a fly. And somewhere off the page it leaves a hint of the next critter or creature she’ll eat next. This methodology portrays the food chain, an organizational chart or graph of organisms and what they eat. It includes a predator who is an organism that eats a prey. A prey is the organism that is eaten by the predator. Without even thinking about it, the little details of candy in the old lady’s pockets shows that she has an eating disorder that she eats too much. She is shown as a very round and obese woman which displays that she plays a huge consumer role (pun intended). A possible reason she solves her problems is by eating them away. However, her face expression stays the same, smiling all the way until the end. Throughout the story, tone and language used is a repetitive rhyme. I think that this is a good choice of element because when it is read aloud or in our heads it will stay and sound like a song. Rhyme can also control the pace of the story which can intensify the mood of the reader or listener. Each page repeatedly said what she previously ate. It reminds me of the Christmas song “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. The illustrations and colors are vivid and eye drawing. As each animal she passes to eat it cuts a hole in her stomach of the animal. At the end of the story the author writes the story one last time with “etc.” in some parts and showing all that the old lady ate starting from the fly.

  • Aby Vela
    2019-03-10 20:31

    This is one of my favorite books ever. I remember my mom reading this to me as a child and I loved every second of it. This book is very predictable once you get to the second or third page. The rhyme of the story is phenomenal and so much fun to read, especially aloud. I like how the first phrase is about the old lady swallowing something and then the next is in amazement about how she did that, but it always rhymes. I think this is a great book for children to read and also to be read to because of its silly story, as well as its pattern. It is important for children to be able to understand patterns and with this story they can easily predict what happens next. The only thing about the edition that I read that was a little difficult to read, was that every time you turn the page, all the previous phrases that had already been read were there to be repeated. Although this is fun to reread all of them because they rhyme, the way they were positioned on the page was difficult to see and read. They were printed in a very small font and in a circular motion, so it took a second to be able to make out what it says. Once you read the first couple pages though, you get the pattern and rhythm and it comes easier. I love this book and it will definitely be read to my children.

  • Itzel
    2019-02-19 23:43

    In this book, it was about a very hungry old lady. She starts off by eating a fly. But obviously she was still hungry so she ate a cat so the cat could eat the fly. Then she swallowed another animal to eat the cat and the fly. This continues through out the book until something happens. It is something that you would think would happen after you eat. This story had a lot of repetition. This is because it always starts out with “There was an old lady who…” Also because it repeats all the animals she has eaten through out the story. It is an easy read to have children to read it to. Children will easily catch know the book because of the rhythm the story has. It is catchy just like a song.The illustrations in this book were very colorful. All the illustrations show exactly what the story is about. It is easy to flow the illustrations because they flow right with the words. You would also be able to read it with out actually reading it because the illustrations tell the story about what the old lady has eaten or will eat. Some of the illustrations hint to what will be the next animal to be eaten. It is very interactive and kid friendly.

  • Sarah Sammis
    2019-03-10 00:51

    There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly illustrates the song of the same title. It's a song I learned at a variety of summer camps and is probably all these years later still being taught at summer camp.The song and story is one of many children's songs that has a cumulative structure (like "The House that Jack Built, for example). The original song was written by Alan Mills and Rose Bonne.For this book, Pam Adams takes each layer of the song and uses it as a layer of illustration. The book has a hole in the center of each page so that the previous animals are visible along with the growling set of lyrics. It's a bit gory considering that it is illustrating the inside of the old lady as she fills herself up with animals.My son likes the song but thinks the illustrations are "too silly" and sometimes "too weird." My daughter like the silly and brightly colored illustration. She has fun pointing out the different animals inside the old lady and making the appropriate sounds for each. With my two children in mind, I'd put the age range of this book from about 1 to 4, possibly 5.

  • Krystal
    2019-03-10 03:38

    Author: Pam AdamsGenre: Fiction Picture Book Publication Info: Childs play Intl Ltd : 1982Reading Level: Emergent early Topic/Theme: Obesity/ Life CycleIssues Addressed: The life cycle: spiders eat flies etc.Classroom Uses: Read Aloud, shared readingSummary: There is an old lady who eats various animals that she should not be eating. Each of the animals is chasing the other animal that the lady had previously eaten. We do not know why she swallowed the fly in the first place. At the end she swallows a horse leading to her tragic death. Text and image: The illustrations are very colorful. This particular copy of the book has cut out holes in the pages. This reveals how each insect or animal plays a role in the bigger picture. The text is bold and big. The text correlates appropriately with the images.Literary Devices: Foreshadowing: You are aware that whenever you turn the page that the lady will be ingesting another animal or insect.

  • Meshi Zilberstein
    2019-02-22 22:36

    This book has not received any awardsThis book as appropriate for ages PreK-3SummaryThis book is about an old woman who keeps swallowing animals. On each page the animals she eats get bigger and bigger. She swallows things from little flies to big horses but no one knows why 26ReviewI personally am not the biggest fan of the story in this book. That being said, it is funny, catchy, and a great sing along for children. The rhyming and predictions of what the old lady will swallow next makes for a great activity during the book reading. In class uses1.This book can be used to teach the concept of rhyme. The teacher can sing 1Cthere was an old lady who swallowed a fly.. I don 19t know why she swallowed a fly.. perhaps she ____ and let the children chime in. 2.Another class use for this book is for students to come up with their own idea for what the old lady swallowed, draw it and provide a brief caption.

  • Maria Thompson
    2019-03-03 21:59

    Award: noneGrade Level: Pre-K to 3rd gradeSummary: There is an old lady who swallows a fly. She then swallows a list of insects and animals (smallest to greatest in size) in order to catch the fly that is wriggling inside of her, beginning with a spider and ending with a horse. In the end, she eats so much that she dies.Review: I like that the books has holes cut out in it. This makes it interactive for children. The book also has a whimsical feel to it, and I love how she keeps getting bigger and bigger!Possible In-class Use:1. Pretend the old lady didn't die and have students draw an animal that they think ate the horse (the very last animal she ate that killed her).2. Bring in some Matryoshka dolls (Russian dolls that fit inside each other by size order) to show children a size comparison similar to the one in the story.