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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell! Paperback – April 1, 2008

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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.

Jared Lee has illustrated more than 100 books for young readers. He has received awards from the Society of Illustrators, the Martha Kinney Cooper Ohioana Library Association, the National Cartoonists Society, and others. He lives in Ohio with his wife and a menagerie of dogs, cats, ponies, ducks, and a few unknown creatures.

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Skip Hinnant is clearly enjoying himself as he reads the rhyming text of this cumulative story. Jaunty music, frequent sound effects, and an occasional giggle accompany Hinnant's measured pace, giving time for the reader to appreciate the hilarious illustrations in the short book, which is included. The listener can easily join in with the repetitive text as the character swallows increasingly impossible beach discoveries--a shell, a fish, a seagull, sand, and finally a wave--to produce a funny surprise ending. This set is part of a series based on the folk song "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly," popularized by the great Pete Seeger. R.H.H. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD390L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Cartwheel Books (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439873800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439873802
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The rhyming text and the wonderfull illustrations in this particular work are absolutely captivating. There was an old lady who swallowed a shell, also an assortment of other items such as a crab, fish, gull, and on and on. The rhyme is a chain rhyme which can go one and on. It is actually fun, while reading this one to a class of kids, or a one on one read, to have the children or child, actually make up other rhyming lines to go along with the story. I have been able to captivate a class for a good 45 or more minutes using this book as a prompt. As stated, the illustrations are quite appealing and both they and the text are quirky enough that most adults enjoy the read along with the child. I do recommend this one quite highly.
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I bought this book for my preschool children (ages 3-4 yrs) and they loved it. This one has a more positive look on it where as the fly book was all about death and this one is all about the beach and living in California on the beach the children could really relate to it.

The only down side (If you were to even call it a downside) is that there isn't as much stuff going on in this version. The fly book (newer version at least) gave the reader a great oppertunity to be silly and act out all the different voices "He missed out on the sauce...Even the artist is crying...I think i'll have a ham on rye...Ect." This one there is great, wonderful illistrations but only 1-2 sentences per page.

Very satisfied with my purchase they children ask for it, and love it!
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The product is as advertised and no surprise.
But really disappointed with the packaging especially because the books were new.
All the books in the package was bent and crushed in all four corners.
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This would be a great book to utilize during an ocean or beach theme. It has great ability for children to sequence the objects, retell, what object was 1st swallowed....etc. My students loved the book.
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A good addition to the Old Lady series written by Lucille Colandro. The ending may be too easily predicted for some children but would give other children a positive experience in prediction.
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I work at a preschool and throughout the years, the kids absolutely go crazy over this series of books. They love guessing what will come out of her at the end and repeating the order of things she eats. You'll get a chorus of "ewww" when she eats sand, but it's also a way I teach them about -not- eating sand, which they usually already know. All in all, this book doesn't disappoint.
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This book arrived before promised and was a great condition. I had never heard of this book, but it was a really cute story. I think that more people need to read this book and find out what happens. The lady swallowes some very strange things and I did not see the book ending the way it did until the end.
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My students loved to read along with the repetition and rhyme which is great for the special needs population I teach. You will not be disappointed if you use this book to talk about a summer or beach thematic unit!
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