Review Blog

Oct 24 2012

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

cover image

Ill. by Louis Shea. Scholastic, 2012. ISBN 1 74285 330 9.
(Ages: 4+) Recommended. Picture book. Christmas. Using the familiar refrain of, 'I know an old lady who swallowed a fly', this lively and brightly illustrated tale has the old, grizzled lady swallowing all the accoutrements of Christmas. She gobbles down a star, a stocking, an elf, the Christmas lights on top of the house, the reindeer and finally Santa Claus. Each thing she eats is sent down to retrieve the other, until finally she bursts and all the things tumble out. Children will delight in picking up the rhyme of the tale, joining in when they can predict the next words, and learning it so they can say it all the way through. It is infectious and partly familiar and so will be enticing for them to do. Each time she swallows a new thing the line, 'Now that's bizarre' follows, giving another point of repetition for the children to predict and learn. The plethora of Christmas imagery in the background adds to the fun of using this in the classroom to introduce the festivity, and at home where lots of fun can be had in the family.
The bright illustrations will entice younger readers and this is one in a series of 'I know an old lady', published by Scholastic.
Fran Knight

Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
Miles Franklin longlist 2017
Reading Children's Book Prize 2017
Klaus Flugge Prize shortlist 2017
Branford Boase Award shortlist 2017
Text Prize 2017
NSW Premier Literary Awards shortlist 2017
Aurealis Awards winners
YABBA Awards shortlist 2017
Stella Prize 2017
2017 YALSA Teens' Top Ten Nominees

ReadPlus Features
Print similar authors bookmark
Read similar authors
How to find lesson plans
Sample theme animation

Promote Reading
Staff holiday reading list 2016
South Australian Christian Schools Conference 2016 - Library Displays
Display calendars
Value of School Libraries
Library, Reading development and the Internet
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Reviews: Author index
Bookmark and poster templates