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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (Classic Books with Holes) [Paperback]

Pam Adams
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)

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Book Description

1 Mar 2007 Classic Books with Holes
Almost forty years after publication this much-loved classic is as popular as ever. Ingenious die-cut holes bring this well-known nursery rhyme to life, and Pam Adams' illustrations lend humour and vibrancy to the proceedings. Bouncy illustrations, innovative die cutting and popular rhymes make Books with Holes a must for every child. Available in three formats, suitable for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and the nursery or classroom.


Product details

  • Paperback: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Child's Play (International) Ltd; Nov Pap/Co edition (1 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904550622
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904550624
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 20.8 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 467,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of my favourite ever stories. The book uses pages with holes cut out so that you can see what is inside the old ladies stomach - yuck! Fabulous! (Betty Betty Bookmark)

This much loved traditional story provides a wealth of activities and is very cleverly constructed so that the holes in the book work both backwards and forwards. The story is about a huge old lady who accidentally swallows a fly then swallows a great many animals one by one as a remedy, until she finally ingests one to many. Repetition and build up are strong features of the story. It also contains steady rhythm and rhyme, and children love the inevitability of the denouement. (5 to 7 Educator 2005-02-01) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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"There was an old lady that swallowed a spider, that wriggled and wriggled and jiggled inside her. She swallowed the spider to catch the fly. I don't know why she swallowed a fly. Perhaps she'll die." --This text refers to the Board book edition.

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83 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic song to enjoy with your kids 14 Mar 2003
By A Customer
Format:Board book
My Mum bought this for me when I was little and I loved the song. I forgot all about it until recently when I bought a Pete Seeger CD - 'Birds, Beasts, Bugs and Fishes (Little and Big)' - and it has this slightly dark but funny song on it. So I searched on Amazon and found the book I had when I was little. It's got holes in it so you can peek into the old lady's tummy to see all the animals she's gobbled up. Now my little girl enjoys singing the song with me about the old lady who swallowed the horse, cow, dog, cat, bird, spider and fly - perhaps she'll die?
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful 28 April 2005
By C. Chambers VINE VOICE
Format:Board book
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly......and copious other creatures, much to the three year old's delight. Great pictures and you view what she has swallowed through a hole of ever increasing size. "Mama, they're in her tummy!" He loves running his finger round the wiggly die cut holes where the repeat lines appear. He loves giggling at the tickly spider. It's not the sort of book you need to encourage them to get involved with - they just do! A lovely version of this old classic song and one that gets the cry of "do it again" at least three times every time you read it. Great fun. Enjoy it!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Standing up to the test of time 18 Jun 2003
Format:Board book
I bought this (as well "The Hungry Caterpillar") for my daughter, as I remember them well from my own childhood. I am hoping that they will also stick in her mind as they have done in mine. With so many children's books on the market nowadays, it is hard to decide which to buy, so what a relief to find some old classics going strong and looking exactly as I remember them!
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68 of 72 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Small!! 26 Jan 2005
Format:Board book
I remember this book from my childhood and have seen it in shops, so i thought i would buy it for my little boy. When it arrived i was disappointed because it is so small. I was expecting a big A4 size book but it is only marginally bigger than a Cd case...........i guess you would call it pocket sized!
The story is as fabulous as ever, but because it is small the writing is crammed in and difficult to read.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She's dead of course! 7 Feb 2004
By A Customer
Format:Board book
I remembered reading this book to my sister when she was a baby (20-odd years ago!) and thought that I'd buy it to read to my 2 1/2 year old daughter.
My little girl loves it, she likes the fact you can see what she's eaten and best of all she loves shouting at the end of every page "Perhaps she'll die!"
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There was an old lady who shallowed a fly 1 July 2003
Format:Board book
Excellent book, I enjoy it as much as my 2 year old daughter. This book has been around since I was small and in my eyes is a definite classic.
The pitures are bright and colourful and my daughter has been learning the animals along with the story too.
She still can't believe how fat the woman is at the end!!!!!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There was a young toddler who swallowed a book 22 Feb 2005
By A Customer
Format:Board book
This book has amazingly stood up to our son's chewing and battering since he was 6 months. It is one of his favourites. He loves to look back and forth as you relate the rhyme. The holes have made it much easier to turn the pages and he loves it when Daddy sings the song!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars there was an old lady who swallowed a flie 6 April 2005
Format:Board book
I found this book very colourful which i knew my son would love and with it being a favourite ryhme of mine when i was small i knew it was a perfect buy. The colours and the holes in the book just amazed my son and enjoys sitting down with me and listening to it. Well spent money on something that will last i reckomend customers to buy it.
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