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There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves! Paperback – August 1, 2010
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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"...Read more ›
Well in this awesome story you have to read to find out because she just doesn't swallow leaves she swallows other things as well.
A and K both loved me reading this to them and A really enjoyed going Achoooo when it was time to. K already guessed what the old lady was making but A didn't know until the end.
The book does use repetition and rhyming so kids will enjoy it this is a good read for the fall.
This is a very cute book, with some very nice illustrations. It is sure to please the young reader!
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Kids like it okay but I hate this series of swallowed something books... I find them very annoying to read. Way too repetitive.Published 7 months ago by APB
My little boy is in love with these books. This one was read at one of his play dates. He started asking for it after that day. I ordered him this one for Christmas. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sam