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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick!


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Lucille Colandro has written many books for children including the There Was An Old Lady series illustrated by Jared Lee.

Jared Lee has illustrated more than 100 books for young readers. He has received awards from the Society of Illustrators, the Martha Kinney Cooper Ohioana Library Association, the National Cartoonists Society, and others. He lives in Ohio with his wife and a menagerie of dogs, cats, ponies, ducks, and a few unknown creatures.


K-Gr 2-In Lucille Colandro's adaptation (Scholastic, 2009) of the classic There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, the old lady swallows objects that typically comprise an Easter basket-a chick, some straw, an egg, candy, a basket, and a bow. Instead of dying at the end, she trips as she's skipping along, and belches a fully-formed Easter basket into the waiting arms of the Easter Bunny. Sound effects and cheerful music enhance the telling. The narrator has a pleasant voice, and expresses appropriate consternation at the items the old lady ingests. Page-turn signals are optional. Since the book's illustrations by Jared Lee communicate important details, make sure that it available for listeners. This is especially true at the conclusion of the story, which is told primarily through the artwork. Curiously, the tale ends with a jovial "Happy Spring!" even though "Happy Easter!" may have been more appropriate given the prominent mention of the Easter Bunny on the previous page. Phrases such as "She didn't beg to swallow that egg" leave something to be desired, and the fact that the objects ingested aren't ordered by size (or any other characteristic) deprives it of the easy rhythm that characterizes the original. Still, kids will enjoy the fun illustrations and the upbeat narration.-Amy Holland, Irondequoit Public Library, Evans Branch, Rochester, NY (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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