There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly: Simms Taback

There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

Author/Illustrator: Simms Taback
Publisher: Blue Sky Press
Publication Year: 1997
Brief Summary: A classic song about an old lady who swallowed a fly, a spider, a bird, etc.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

New York Times Best Illustrated Children”s Books of the Year, 1997′ ‘ Winner’ ” ‘ United States’ ” ‘
Randolph Caldecott Medal, 1998′ ‘ Honor Book’ ” ‘ United States’ ” ‘
Society of School Librarians International Book Awards, 1998′ ‘ Honor’ ‘ Language Arts – Picture Books’ ‘ United States’ ” ‘
Best Children’s Books of the Year, 1998 ; Bank Street College of Education
Capitol Choices, 1997 ; The Capitol Choices Committee
Children’s Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson
Children’s Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson
Los Angeles’ 100 Best Books, 1997 ; IRA Children’s Literature and Reading SIG and the Los Angeles Unified School District
Notable Children’s Books, 1998 ; ALSC American Library Association
Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, August 1997 ; Cahners
Reading Magic Award, 1997 ; Parenting
Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 ; California Department of Education
School Library Journal Book Review Stars, December 1997 ; Cahners

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • What was the moral of the story?
  • Have children try to remember the animals in the correct order in which they appear in the book.
  • Rhyming pairs.
  • Study details in the illustrations, like newspaper clippings.

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.   Note in the back talks about “Hoosier Folklore”, first heard in the 1940s, but true author remains unknown.

  • Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library
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