I KNOW AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A FLY by Nadine Bernard--Adapt. & Illus. Westcott

I KNOW AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A FLY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

It's not gross, the way Stephen Kellogg's 1974 version is--this old lady is barrel-shaped to begin with, so she doesn't ostentatiously expand as she eats first the fly, then the spider, the bird, the cat, the dog, etc. But, on the other hand, who can see what's happening inside her? So we have a foolish old woman teetering about, looking ridiculous, and doing the impossible: ""Don't ask how she swallowed a cow,"" the verse wisely advises, while underneath we see her about to. It's a flibbertigibbet performance of a song that, when sung, evokes high hilarity--and a warning against supplying every nonsense song with literal illustrations.

Pub Date: May 15th, 1980
ISBN: 0316931276
Publisher: Atlantic/Little, Brown