July 14, 2009

Children's Classics: Beach Destination

Title: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell
Author: Lucille Colandro
Illustrator: Jared Lee

Publisher: Scholastic

Do you know the Children's classic, "There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly"? I grew up knowing the story and an accompanying melody. In this modern day twist, the "Old lady" swallows common objects and creatures you would find at a beach. The reader is puzzled (and tickled) by her choices, and then at the end of the story when she burps it all up...SPOILER ALERT....she "builds a sand castle". The same author has written other versions as well, even a "snow" version for those of you in colder climates! This is an enjoyable book that always gets us in the mood to go to the beach (not that we need much motivation!)

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morninglight mama said...

I think we have the Halloween version of that good old story by the same people-- the illustration style looks the same. Great idea for a fun beach-inspiring read!

Carrie said...

I didn't know that tehre were other versions! We just got the original 'fly' version of the book and my son loves singing through it. We'll have to keep an eye out for this one you've mentioned. Fun! Thanks.

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

What a great book for going to the beach!!! How fun!