There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback5 SILLY ?s
Oh. My. Goodness. This is another one of my favorites from back when I was a kid. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly is a goofy lyrical book that was rewritten from a 1940s American folk poem by Simms Taback and is also a Caldecott Honor Book. Its bold, whimsical and the illustrations are awesome. There is a hole thats cut out of each page to reveal the eaten animal in the old ladies belly. The artwork is really bright and colorful. Its such a fun and silly book that kids love. Its a book you can truly have a lot of fun with that for sure. Trust me you wont be disappointed!
There Was An Old Lady
‘There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly’
This means that the action repeats, but also accumulates during the rhyme. The kids find this technique very fascinating, and singing this nursery rhyme is great fun! Do you think the lyrics are weird? We agree! But remember that this is a piece of cultural heritage. And quite fun too - right?
There was an old lady who swallowed a fly. I don't know why she swallowed a fly. Perhaps she'll die. There was an old lady who swallowed a spider. It wiggled and jiggled and tickled inside her. She swallowed the spider to catch the fly. There was an old lady who swallowed a bird.
The song tells the nonsensical story of an old woman who swallows increasingly large animals, each to catch the previously swallowed animal, but dies after swallowing a horse. The humour of the song stems from the absurdity that the woman is able to inexplicably and impossibly swallow animals of preposterous sizes without dying, suggesting that she is both superhuman and immortal ; however, the addition of a horse is finally enough to kill her. Her inability to survive after swallowing the horse is an event that abruptly and unexpectedly applies real-world logic to the song, directly contradicting her formerly established logic-defying animal-swallowing capability. There are many variations of phrasing in the lyrics, especially for the description of swallowing each animal. The spider and fly are described in each verse, but the other animals are only described when they are introduced starting with the bird. All three list the progression from fly to spider, bird, cat, dog and cow, finishing with the horse, with variations to the rhymes for each animal. At that time it was entitled simply "I Know an Old Lady.