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Mar 23 2012

There was an old lady who swallowed a thong by P. Crumble

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Ill. by Louis Shea. Scholastic, 2012. ISBN 9781742831633.
This is an Australian twist on a traditional favourite. It's set at the beach in summer and the old lady is so engrossed in her book that she doesn't realise that her grandchildren have put a little something extra in her sandwich. What follows is an ocean-oriented version of I know an old lady who swallowed a fly that introduces the children to a variety of creatures found near the seaside.
The bright colourful illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to this quirky rendition and the audience will delight in finding a host of things included in them as they join in the telling.
I don't why she swallowed the thong - that's gotta be wrong!
Barbara Braxton

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