There Was An Old Sailor

There Was An Old Sailor

Book - 2014
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This playful, rhyming picture book offers a fresh and fun new take on the song ?There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.' In Claire Saxby's telling, a white-bearded, big-bellied sailor sets things in motion by swallowing a krill. He then goes on to swallow progressively larger sea creatures, each meant to catch the preceding one. Every new introduction is followed by a retelling of all the previously eaten animals, and ?I don't know why he swallowed the krill --- It'll make him ill.' The sailor's tale finally ends when he swallows a whale, ?then with a burp ... set sail.' The burp allows all the other creatures to be released out of his mouth and back into the sea, presenting the surprise of a happier ending for the sailor than for the old lady in the song.

The story is perfectly complemented by Cassandra Allen's jaunty, simple and playful illustrations, which provide a terrific source of visual clues for pre-readers looking to recognize words. The rhyming and repetition will make this a favorite read-aloud choice for storytime, as children will happily participate in reading the repeated sections, which are so easily and quickly memorized. In addition, there is a ?Fishy Facts? spread at the back of the book that contains a true fact about each animal in the story (including ?A blue whale can eat millions of krill a day!?), which would make for a fantastic introduction to a discussion on the size of sea creatures and the food chain.
Audience: 003-007.
Publisher: Toronto : Kids Can Press, 2014.
Copyright Date: ©2010.
ISBN: 9781771380225
Branch Call Number: JP Saxby
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Allen, Cassandra - Illustrator


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