There was an old lady who swallowed a fly

by Taback, Simms,

Format: Print Book 1997
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Summary
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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ages 4^-7. Although there are many versions of this perennial favorite, this is one of the funniest and most innovative yet. The funky art and the terrific humor are a winning combination. The song remains the same, but the animals involved add their own rhyming commentary on the situation: Says the cat of the fly, "She gulped it out of the sky." The illustrations are cleverly handled. For example, a left-hand page shows the dog surrounded by other canine types, while the old lady is pictured on the opposite page, with a cutout in her dress that reveals a picture of everything she has swallowed so far; turn the page, and the cutout surrounds the next victim--in this case, the unfortunate dog. Newspaper headlines ("Senior Swallows Cat" and "Lady Wolfs Down Dog") keep up with the story, and there's a moral at the close: "Never swallow a horse." The many details in the artwork ensure a new surprise with each reading, making for a fun-filled romp for young and old alike. A brief note on the song concludes. --Helen Rosenberg"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In Taback's (Joseph Had a Little Overcoat) ingenious take on the cumulative tale, there's a die-cut hole where the old lady's stomach should be, so the audience can see where everything she swallows ends up. What's more, the hole grows bigger to accommodate the increasing gastro-population‘by the tale's end, it's the size and shape of the horse that causes her demise. The digested wide-eyed animals float in a confetti-dusted space (which matches her dress), while everything about the elderly woman's exterior is equally askew, including the pupils in her eyes. Older children should get a kick out of the amusing asides liberally tucked into every spread. For example, there are bogus front page headlines ("LADY WOLFS DOWN DOG" screams one); a recipe for "Spider's Soup"; editorial comments by the menagerie and Taback himself ("Even the artist is crying," says a small caricature of Taback when she meets her gluttonous end); as well as factual information (various types of flies, birds or dogs are clearly labeled and paired with accurate pictures). The gleefully dizzy mood is intensified by Taback's use of black hand-lettered words set in blocks of bright colors laid atop orange or black backgrounds, and occasionally sprinkled with collage images (whose sources range from old field guides to the Wall Street Journal). Children of all ages will joyfully swallow this book whole. All ages. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Folk songs, English -- Texts.
Toy and movable books -- Specimens.
Folk songs -- England.
Nonsense verses.
Toy and movable books.
Cumulative tales.
Publisher New York :Viking,1997
Other Titles Little old lady who swallowed a fly.
Language English
Awards Caldecott Honor Book, 1998
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 27 cm
ISBN 9780670869398
0670869392
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