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This old man
Jones, Carol, illustrator.
First American edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1990.
An illustrated version of the traditional counting song. Some pages feature a die-cut through which a portion of the next illustration can be seen.
General Note:
"Originally published in Australia in 1990 by Angus & Robertson Publishers"--T.p. verso.
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 2.1 1 Quiz: 15744 Guided reading level: F.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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This peep-through-the-hole book depicts the travels of "this old man" and his young companion through the house and garden. The engaging pictures are filled with action and humor and things to count and discover.

Author Notes

Born and educated in England, Carol Jones now lives in Australia. She is a full-time author and illusrutor who has given new life to many old favorites.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 3-5. The trend toward taking songs and finger plays and putting them into book form continues unabated. Happily, this version of the old favorite "This Old Man" is devised with cleverness and wit, making it more than just an illustrated version of the song. Cozy watercolors, scrawled with ink, take up one page, while the text pages feature peepholes in the middle, allowing children to guess what the old man is playing "nick nack" on now. When the page is turned, the answer is given, both in words, as the song continues, and in the revelation of the full picture. The chock-full scenes, featuring a small girl and a grandfatherly looking man, shows them engaged in various activities throughout the day--reading, gardening, and picnicking. This warm rendition is bolstered by the music and lyrics of the song at the book's conclusion. --Ilene Cooper

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-- A clever, entertaining, and well-designed addition to illustrated songbook collections. As she did in Old MacDonald Had a Farm (Houghton, 1989), Jones accompanies a well-loved children's song with detailed ink and watercolor illustrations. An elderly but vital old man and a young girl read, garden, build, picnic, and, in between, use the drumsticks otherwise tucked in his boot to ``play knick knack'' on well-known objects. Center-cut peek-a-boo holes reveal the drum, shoe, etc., before the text identifies them. When the pages are turned, the holes serve as frames for portraits of the little girl. Children will enjoy the game elements: peek-a-boo identification, watching the dog collect yet another bone, and looking for hidden numerals in the pictures. Robin Michal Koontz's This Old Man (Dodd, 1988) is more comical but less imaginative than this version. --Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.