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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....

Title : There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
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ISBN : 9780670869398
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly Reviews

  • Ronyell
    2019-03-10 07:08

    “There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” is a silly lyrical book rewritten from a 1940s American folk poem by Simms Taback and is a Caldecott Honor Book. 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 full of silly fun, but smaller children might want to watch out for the disturbing ending. Simms Taback has done an excellent job at writing this story as it sounds upbeat and is creative, especially when he states about why the old lady swallow one animal after the other. Simms Taback also brings some attitude to the story as he makes it seem like what the old lady is doing is absurd, such as how he stated that it was absurd how the old lady swallowed a bird. Simms Taback also does a superb job at illustrating this book as he makes each character look surreal. The image that stood out the most was the image of the old lady herself as she is the most surrealistic looking character in the entire book. The old lady has bloodshot eyes throughout the book indicating she is crazy and her dress is black and has colorful dots painted all over her dress. I also love the way that Simms Taback made die cuts in this book when she shows the animals that the old lady has swallowed in her belly and the die cut gets larger the larger the animal she swallows gets. Parents should know that the ending might be too disturbing for smaller children. I will not spoil the ending for you, but it does deal with the subject of death and children might worry about the concept of death. Parents might want to explain to their children about how death is apart of life and be careful into how they are explaining this theme since smaller children might not understand the full concept of death. Also, parents might want to talk to their children about he difference between reality and fantasy, especially since this book was not meant to be taken seriously and the things that the old lady has done does not really happen like that in real life.There was an Old Lady who swallowed a fly” is certainly one silly book that children will love for many years. I would recommend this book for children ages five and up since the format is simple for children to read, but the ending will definitely disturb smaller children since they do not understand about death in real life.Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  • midnightfaerie
    2019-03-11 01:54

    My children were eating dinner when I read this to them and my 5 yr old was disgusted and my preschoolers were fascinated. The book wasn't quite the old folk song that I remembered and I was a little disappointed. Certain verses were repeated twice and I'm not sure why. I tried to guess at the pictures, wondering if perhaps there was a reason they were repeated due to the imagery in the cut out holes not matching up, so another page had to be added, but it still didn't seem to make sense. Overall, it was okay, but nothing that truly touched me or my children.

  • Calista
    2019-02-24 10:10

    This little story is a folktale from the 40s, didn't know that. I enjoy the art of this book. You get to see the animals inside her stomach. My nephew asked for this book again last night.

  • Nicole Thompson
    2019-03-20 10:16

    This book is perfect for a young reader, first because it is rhyming. rhyming books are perfect for new readers because it helps them associate letters to certain sounds. The words are very easy, and the story line is light and playful. A child would definitely enjoy this book because it is so silly and "out there." The illustrations go along perfectly because there are silly and kind of just thrown together as well. all of the different bugs and things she swallows are pictured very humorously within the book. I could make a fun activity out of this book in my classroom. the kids can create their own bugs and things that the old lady swallowed... or something of the sort.

  • Jennifer (JenIsNotaBookSnob)
    2019-03-18 07:14

    This is one of those books that my daughter made me read three times in a row, she just loved it. The rhyme is slightly different from the one I knew in childhood, but, it's pretty close. I love Taback's illustration style for this book with the cutouts. I'm glad I bought a copy. This is one of those books that you can read really fast if you're trying to be extra silly. We had fun reading it.

  • Rhayne
    2019-03-17 08:55

    Death is not typically a topic one would consider when picking a book for kids, let alone in a sing-along fashion, but somehow There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly has continued to entertain children since the 1940’s. The ballad also continues to inspire illustrators whom continue to create their own colorful and unique renditions. Simms Taback famous artist and illustrator, whom is also known for Jospeh Had a Little overcoat as well as his Smithsonian calendars, created his own rendition of the song in 1997. Talback’s rendition reads like a quirky somewhat loopy collage which adds to the overall strangeness of the poems content. There was an old who swallowed a fly tells a story of just that, an elderly women whom swallows a fly. She attempts to solve the problem by swallowing a spider to swallow the fly, but is once again left with an animal inside her. The women then continues to swallow different types of animals in attempts to solve her horrendous appetite, until the size of the animals get so ridiculous the women literally dies. Although the woman does die the poem is playful, and with such arrhythmic rhyme scheme one cant help but sing along.Talback’s pictures emphasize the strange, somewhat creepy, totally weird content of the poem enabling a picture book which is not only fun to read but entertaining for readers of all ages. The strain of the weight and her ill health can be registered from Talback’s interpretation and by giving the animals overlooking the incident a voice he adds to the whimsicality all picture books should exude. By allowing the pictures to act along as part of the illustration themselves, enabling strangely place notions of reality, expressing voices for once unheard characters and depiciting an old women whom is as entertaining and creepy as she is plump, Talback allows the poem to carry on to another generation of readers while still entertaining previous generations.

  • Typhani
    2019-03-12 05:50

    Summary: From cover to moral (never swallow a horse), this cleverly illustrated version of an old folk favorite will delight children. Each page is full of details and humorous asides, from the names of different types of birds, to a recipe for spider soup, to the rhyming asides from the spectating animals. As for the old lady, with her toothy grin and round bloodshot eyes, she looks wacky enough to go so far as to swallow a horse. A die-cut hole allows readers to see inside her belly, first the critters already devoured and, with the turn of the page, the new animal that will join the crowd in her ever-expanding stomach. Thanks Amazon!Audience: Ages 5-9Genre: Picture BookUse: Independent reading, shared reading, read aloudLiterary Elements: The pattern of the lady's dress, with its patchwork of bright, torn colored paper pasted on black, is used as the background motif for the words. The text is handwritten on vivid strips of paper that are loosely placed on the patterned page, thus creating a lively interplay between the meaning of the words and their visual power. All in all, this illustrator provides an eye-catching, energy-filled interpretation that could easily become a classic in itself. Life Lessons: Never swallow more than you can chew!! :)Recommendations/Awards: Publisher: Scholastic Inc. (1999)

  • Jordan
    2019-03-19 10:03

    This children's book is a creative illustrated story about the old lady who swallowed a fly. The storyline of this book is that the old lady ate insects and animals that kept increasing in size. The old, wacky lady was crazy enough to eat a horse. Perhaps she’ll die. When you read the story out loud, you find it catchy and start singing along.The main character in this story is the old lady. The old lady is the one that swallowed the fly, spider, bird, cat, dog, cow, and the horse. She has crooked teeth and small glasses; her eyes are bloodshot and look like marbles.This book takes place in the old lady's stomach. She eats random animals and insects and all we see is inside her stomach.The author's message in this story is to have children realize what they are not suppose to eat. Taback makes children's books fun and easy to read.I recommend this book to children who are learning to read. It’s a very catchy book, by that I mean once you read it, you get it stuck in your head. I read this book to Sophie McCoy. Sophie is a first grader at Weyauwega-Fremont Elementary. Her reaction to this book was quite great. She said she loves this book and could read it everyday! She thinks it is funny and awesome. Sophie loves the characters and believes it to be memorable.

  • Samantha Gacke
    2019-03-09 04:05

    An old lady has swallowed a fly, and continues to swallow more animals, which lead back to trying to catch the fly.While the text in the book may be difficult to follow, children would really love the pictures! The pictures are all very bright, and they really stick out. Half of the pages have black backgrounds, which helps the reader focus on the pictures. Not only does the illustrator use vibrant colors, but also different patterns and textures to really draw the eyes to what is being told in 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. Overall, the pictures do a great job of accompanying the text.

  • Amber
    2019-02-22 08:04

    If you want a great book to go along with the song, this is the one for it! I have looked at the other version of this book, which is the board book, but it just is not the same! The illustrations in this book were made by using art media and collages on Kraft paper. Also, when it comes to the items that the lady swallowed or has swallowed, they are hidden in the picture on the page before or page after. Which makes it so cool. Then with some of the animals, like the bird, cat, and dog,these pages have the different types or different breeds of the animal. Which makes it awesome for the children who are interested in how many animals there are and how many different types of a certain animal there are. In the end, we all know what happens with the old lady.

  • Dolly
    2019-03-11 09:47

    Wonderful illustrations make this book a great story for the kids. The cutouts and busy pages add a lot to this old ditty that has been passed down for generations, something I remember from my own kindergarten days. We also enjoyed watching the pages animated to the song as sung by Cyndi Lauper on a Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVD. It included seven other sing-along songs with animations of the illustrated books.This book was selected as one of the books for the February 2017- Caldecott Honors 1998-2002 discussion at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads.

  • Jenna White
    2019-03-19 05:12

    I remember this book from when I was in elementary school. I remember that our librarian would read this to my class for several years in a row and I loved it. I think kids would very much enjoy it because of the rhyming scheme from all the animals. Also, it's very entertaining because they know that a lady could never swallow a cow or a horse or any of those objects in real life. The pictures were fun to look at because of all the bright colors. I think the holes in the pictures are also neat and they add a different kind of element to the story compared to a book with just regular pictures.

  • Mariah
    2019-02-26 03:47

    Love. Doing a lesson on this book tomorrow!

  • Angela
    2019-03-05 10:08

    I LOVED this book! Oh my goodness, I was having the time of my life reading this to my son and singing along while he looked at the pictures. And the ending - she swallowed a horse and died. Do you know I'm still laughing at that? It's true, it's soooo true.Anyway, I think I may have to buy this book for my I can continue to laugh every time I read it.

  • Ashley MacNichol
    2019-03-10 02:00

    My 4 year old son loved this book. We have read it several times before bed. He cracks up at the rhymes. And loves the little illustrations.

  • Samantha
    2019-03-16 10:09

    Sophie's New favorite!

  • ♥Christina
    2019-03-01 05:54

    Oh my goodness, This was another one of my favorites as a kid. Its one you can have a lot of fun with that for sure.

  • Lindsey Bishop
    2019-02-25 09:00

    An all time favorite. I love this book. Teaches kids animals.

  • Jenny
    2019-03-19 10:16

    When my children were little, they loved Taback's books. We read this over and over. The illustrations are amazing and the little asides along with the illustrations bring a lot of humor to the familiar song.

  • Eva Leger
    2019-03-20 08:15

    Uh, I have a problem saying "perhaps she'll die" over and over and over again in what is supposed to be a humorous story to my five year old. We found this at the library, the cover is unique and the title captivating for Julia so we read it. Waste of time. I want to make it clear that I am not the type of person who avoids talks of death and such. Our dog died two summers ago, we talked about it. We've talked about strangers dying, even children who are sick. We've talked about family members dying or who have died. We've talked about heaven, we've talked about hell and our idea of both. When I pick up a story, especially one that's supposed to be a light, fun read, I don't want to have to talk to 'maybe she'll die' over and over. Could nothing be thought of instead of dying? Without that the book actually would have been okay, a little *too* repetitive but okay, with it it downright sucks. Illustrations are good. Update: Julia snuck this in with the pile of library books we took out and we just came across it last night. So, we read it again, her because she thinks it's hilarious and me because I wanted to try it with the 'perhaps she'll die' line in it. Uh, yeah, it didn't work. Not only does it sound fantastically awful but it's just not something you want to reiterate over and over and over to a child. I probably soound like a stuffy school marm or something and I'm not. But it's still not something I'm comfortable with. I will say this, the way the main character is shown is unique and that's what grabs the kids in. They'd probably be so into that part of the book they don't even hear the words anyway to be honest.

  • Wilmarie
    2019-03-23 07:07

    This story was one of the Caldecott Honor Medal winners in the year 1998. This adaptation of a 1940’s famous folk poem was illustrated with ridiculously accurate drawings that were humorous and enchanting. It followed a dilemma an old lady has after swallowing a fly. Secondly, she swallowed a spider in hopes of removing the fly. Third, a bird to catch the spider. Fourth, a cat to catch the bird. Fifth, a dog to catch the cat. Sixth, a cow to catch the dog. Ultimately, a horse in hopes of catching the cow. But the house was way too much, causing her death upon ingestion. This story is funny and will captivate both children and adults attention. The poem itself is pretty ridiculous, so much so, that it’s truly hilarious. A good read for children by educators or by their parents. Not many values are taught, except to not eat a horse, yet it offers the child fun and rhymes. The story serves its entertainment purposes. And with this rendition of the original poem with Taback’s exaggerated depictions, makes for a much sought out story for little kids. Well used in class, for it offers imagination, exaggeration, descriptions, among others. Excellent read for pre-schoolers and an amusing story-telling time for adults who offer it.

  • Lauren
    2019-02-21 03:53

    This book is about an old lady who swallows flies and other random things. It is overall a cute and funny book that is meant for entertainment. The old lady is a character, that’s for sure, and the book really encourages students to read along because there is a lot of repetition.All students would enjoy this book, but it would be best for Pre-K through third grade.This book is meant for entertainment, so there is not a specific subject that this book focuses on.Students interested in this book would be students who enjoy humor.This book would be better read to the whole class rather than in small groups.There are many “The Old Lady Who…” books.

  • Nancy
    2019-03-19 04:17

    Published: 1997, Scholastic Age: 4-8This is a great interactive book to read or sing with children over and over. The hole in the pages showing the expanding stomach of the old lady and the silly things she swallows will capture children's attention. Older kids will like to read the asides on each page. The wide googly eyes of the characters, the matching confetti on the pages, and the mixed up font are all eye catching. The pages make you want to keep looking for quirky pictures such as the artist crying at the end. The moral on the last page can be skipped or added.

  • Rhaynes5
    2019-03-03 07:47

    There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly is just a good funny book! Children will love this funny story and the interactive illustrations. I would use this book in the classroom to practice rhyming language with the students by letting them complete some of the sentences or just asking them what rhymes did you hear in this book. Not only is this a silly book young readers will enjoy but students will learn without even noticing!

  • Laura
    2019-03-19 07:07

    This book was crazy. But then again...the whole little poem itself is a little off. I liked how the illustrations kept right along with the little old lady, who continued to swallow the must absurd things. And of course, at the end, what more can you expect? The colors in this book were bright and bold. I’d recommend this book, it was cute and fun to read. *Taken from my book reviews blog:

  • Amber Clapper
    2019-03-21 08:14

    I love this book. I think the pictures in here are phenomenal. They are very colorful and detailed and go with the story perfectly.This book has a lot of humor in it and keeps everyone guessing what animal the old lady will eat next. I think all ages of kid will think this book is silly and enjoy it.

  • Matthew Mealer
    2019-03-21 10:13

    This book was great for teaching repetition and rhyming. Children will love it. It is quite silly and will provide laughs and giggles all around the classroom. Teaches a moral.I did not like this stories ending. I mean she ACTUALLY dies.. o__O I was disappointed haha

  • Slayermel
    2019-03-21 04:06

    This is one of my favourite children's stories, I always have way more fun with it when I sing along rather then just read it. The kids at work always chime in and sing along. The Illustrations are bright and funny and the children seem to really love them.

  • Mona
    2019-03-09 01:59

    A silly but fun and cute rhyming book that I read with my little girl. Nice and bold colors. Didn't like the many, many "perhaps, she'll die" though. If the old woman could swallow a cow, she probably shouldn't die lol

  • Saashya Rodrigo
    2019-02-27 04:54

    I have to admit, it took me about 3 reads to actually like this book. Originally, I just wasn't getting it. Second time around, I sort of understood the concept of it all. And by the third time I'd say it was pretty cute. I'm just not much for eating everything in site and growing sideways :)