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Feb 05 2013

There was an old bloke who swallowed a bunny! by P. Crumble

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Ill. by Louis Shea. Scholastic, 2013. RRP $13.95. ISBN 9781742831602.
Recommended Reading Ages 2-6. This is another rollicking rhyme by P. Crumble that follows the much-loved format of There was an Old Lady who swallowed a fly. This time the old bloke is back on the farm looking for another tasty meal filled with animals that are quite hard to swallow. Each page ends with the cry of 'Crikey, that's funny'. This is a great read-aloud encouraging young readers from 2-6 to join in with the accumulative text.
Louis Shea's wildly colourful illustrations both in the farm yard and in the bloke's tummy, add a great comic dimension to the text. These include, the old bloke's one-tooth mouth, creative disguises and devious determination to catch and consume a variety of farm animals from a bunny to a cow.
This fun rhyming story adds to the collection of P. Crumble stories including: There was an old lady who swallowed a star and There was an old lady who swallowed a mozzie!
Pre-school and Reception students could use this as a model for writing a class or individual texts. This is a good resource for Drama and Poetry as well, a springboard into performing for Junior Primary students.
Rhyllis Bignell

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