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About the Author

Lucille Colandro has written many books for children including the There Was An Old Lady series illustrated by Jared Lee.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Lexile Measure: 440L (What's this?)
  • Series: There Was An Old Lady
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Cartwheel Books; English Language edition (August 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545241987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545241984
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BRENDA L. GRAVES on November 4, 2013
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Excellent, funny book. Remember that is it a children's book, full of silly ideas and not to be taken literally. I used paper props of the various items she swallowed as I read the book. Each time I came to the word, my helper showed the students the item that was swallowed, building up to the end of the story. As the old lady started to sneeze, I took my time letting out the sneeze while my helper put the pieces together to show what would result in the sneeze: a scarecrow. The kids went ballistic when they saw the ending that my helper held up for them to view! (It was made to look exactly like the picture on the last page of the book.) This was quite an entertaining book. Makes an excellent fall/autumn book if you don't wish to emphasize Halloween.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By AmazonReviewer on September 21, 2013
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Every so often, a children's story comes along that is timeless, entertaining, and fun. This is not that story! This is the one that is thrown together haphazardly to capitalize on a familiar title, much like the low-quality knockoff children's movies with titles all too similar to your favorites. Scholastic used to be an indicator of quality children's books.

SPOILERS BELOW:

We are all familiar with the story of the "Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly". We understand why the reader may speculate about the possibility of the woman's death as she consumes progressively larger animals. However, this woman eats leaves, a pole, clothes, etc while the narrator ponders whether or not she will sneeze. Why would she sneeze? One might still wonder if she will die. Also, these items are not being inserted into her nose- she is eating them. So when she "sneezes" at the end of the book, she is actually vomiting. The whole "perhaps she'll sneeze" appears haphazardly conceived to rhyme something with "leaves" in order to make a book seasonally topical for autumn.

One indicator of the quality is that there is no consideration for context. I give children's books quite a bit of wiggle-room in this respect, but this book is shameless in it's lack of effort. Words are used whether or not they fit the story, just for the simple fact that they rhyme (mope-rope, bumpkin-pumpkin, dance-pants). With a little more effort, a cohesive story probably could have been developed- but it's clear this story was written in a matter of hours just to churn it out.

The author and illustrator clearly were not working together very closely, because the story states that the woman "swallowed the pants to cover the pole"...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Abby Etherton on February 6, 2013
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Great Book. Great read. It was good for the price and was a good read. No problems. Product came fast. I would recommend it.
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OUR OLDEST SON LOVES THIS STORY DUE TO HIS 3RD GRADE READING IT IN CLASS EARLY IN THE SCHOOL YEAR, SO I PURCHASED THIS ALONG WITH SEVERAL OTHERS FROM THE SERIES ALONG WITH GETTING THE STORY ON DVD....HIS FAVORITE ONE IS THE ORIGINAL STORY!!
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By Sandra Paladino on January 13, 2014
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My granddaughter and grandson love to read - this book is one that they bring to school to share with the other children.
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By BichonMom on December 23, 2013
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This is a great book to add to my "Old Lady Who Swallowed A ..." collection! My kids love them!
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By Jami Woychesin on December 13, 2013
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Cute story. The series is quite humorous. My daughter enjoys this author. I read it to her class and they giggled incesently.
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By Kindle Customer on November 26, 2013
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I think it's kind of weird, but my kids loved this book, and continue to want to read it year-round.
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