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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (Classic Books with Holes) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-05-30 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 174 user ratings
ISBN:0859531341
LANGUAGE:English

" Children will find great humor in this classic of an old lad who swallowed a fly then bird then cat! Children will be able to predict what happens next. Great illustrations and rhyming. " said.

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

" This is a classic story with lots of humor. This book offers colorful and engaging illustrations. Young children would enjoy this old classic because of its silly nature. However, it may be a little morbid because...well, the lady who swallows the fly -dies. " said.

" I absolutely loved this book when I was younger and probably would still love it if I were to read it today too. I think this book is just something fun to read with your class to get them involved or just to take some time to have fun throughout the day. " said.

" The children in my class love this book. It increases imagination and creative reading. In between your reading its a good idea to stop and ask questions, allow the children to come up with their own solutions as to why she swallowed the fly. This book also increase listening skills because you can ask what did the old lady swallow first? second? third? " said.

" Awards the book has received (if any): NoneAppropriate grade level(s): Preschool through second gradeOriginal summary: There was an old lady who swallowed a fly... and a spider... and a bird... and a million other crazy things. Original review: This classic repetitious song allows children to play with structure in a new fun way. 1-2 possible in-class uses: This could be used to teach different types of structures of songs or poems. " said.

"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.
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"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 & 2.1

Characteristics 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/a

Word 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.
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