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Apr 06 2010

There Was an Old Sailor by Claire Saxby and Cassandra Allen

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Walker Books, 2010. ISBN 9781921150715.
All ages, highly recommended. This is a gorgeous picture book with a new nautical version of There was an old lady who swallowed a fly. With beautiful illustrations accompanying the sailor's culinary ventures including krill, jellyfish, stingrays, a shark and finally a whale, children of all ages will laugh along with the rhymes and squeal with delight (and perhaps revulsion) until the final page. With a less morbid ending than the traditional version, children will enjoy this book over and over again. At the end of the book there is a page of fun fishy facts about each of the sea creatures involved in the story.
Donella Reed

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