Cover image for There was an old lady who swallowed a fly
Title:
There was an old lady who swallowed a fly
Author:
Kheiriyeh, Rashin, illustrator.
Publication Information:
New York : North South, 2014.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 x 29 cm
Summary:
An illustrated version of the cumulative folk song in which the solution proves worse than the predicament when an old lady swallows a fly.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 470 Lexile.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780735841932

9780735841833
Format :
Book

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We all remember the old lady who swallowed a fly, a spider, a cat, a dog, a cow, and a horse. Now we know how she did it! Rashin's colorful and comedic illustrations take you mid-gulp to mid-belly as the animals are swallowed whole. Her devoted cat tries to help: "Stop!" "Don't eat it." "Try this!" But when the old lady grabs the cat-it's every beast for itself: "Eat the dog!" And when the old lady cheers: "Catch it!"-the critters leap into action to catch the one that was swallowed before.


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School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Colorful, quirky illustrations combined with hilarious speech bubbles will make this new version of the traditional story/song appealing to children. The drawings show pandemonium outside and inside the old woman's stomach, and she looks positively eager to eat ever-larger animals in her quest to capture the fly buzzing in her stomach. When the cat, who has shouted out helpful encouragement and admonishments to the old woman at several stages, finds itself being swallowed, it shouts out "Eat the dog!" and readers can't help but laugh when comparing the expressions on the woman's face (calm, matter of fact), the cat's face (sheer terror), and the dog's face (complete bewilderment). This sort of over-the-top dark humor pervades the entire story. Like the traditional version, the old woman dies after she eats the horse, but all the animals in her stomach shout out, "No!" when they see what she is attempting. Midway through her final meal, her stomach explodes (only suggested at in the drawing), and the final pages show the animals marching off in high spirits while the old lady returns as a smiling angel. A spirited and funny read-aloud.-Sally James, South Hillsborough Elementary School, Hillsborough, CA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.