A Fly Went By

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A fly is followed by a menagerie of characters in this humorous cumulative tale edited by Dr. Seuss. When a young boy sees a frantic fly buzzing past, he asks where the fly is headed—and with that, a chase begins. The fly and the frog, the cat and the dog, the pig and the cow, the fox and the hunter . . . who is causing all the fuss? A Fly Went By will have young readers buzzing with excitement!

Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage ...

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Overview

A fly is followed by a menagerie of characters in this humorous cumulative tale edited by Dr. Seuss. When a young boy sees a frantic fly buzzing past, he asks where the fly is headed—and with that, a chase begins. The fly and the frog, the cat and the dog, the pig and the cow, the fox and the hunter . . . who is causing all the fuss? A Fly Went By will have young readers buzzing with excitement!

Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.

"The writing is merry and the pictures are real fun. Recommended."—School Library Journal.

A fly goes by, followed by a frog, who's chased by a cat, who's chased by a dog and a host of other frantic characters, in a humorous cumulative tale. "The writing is merry and the pictures are real fun. Recommended."--School Library Journal. Full-color illustrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394800035
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/1958
  • Series: Beginner Books(R) Series
  • Pages: 72
  • Sales rank: 101,636
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 270L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.88 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 0.42 (d)

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  • Posted October 27, 2009

    Enduring, Endearing Tale

    A FLY WENT BY is a delightful tale that addresses panic and fear of the unknown. The main character, a tousle-headed boy who looks like the kid next door, remains cool, calm, and collected while various animals pass him by with exclamations of fear. This is a cumulative tale in which each new animal is introduced and then all of the previous animals are listed. It's exciting to see what each animal is afraid of, and the young reader is encouraged to use his imagination to guess what comes next. The boy eventually solves the big mystery, and it's no surprise to adults that what all the animals is afraid of isn't really scary at all. For children, facing their fears is a good developmental step. A FLY WENT BY leads children to understand that not everything that seems scary really is scary. And the final "scary" thing is delightful. The boy is the problem solver and uses his wits and curiousity to solve the mystery. He also is the peacemaker and stops the hysteria and panic. The story lends itself to animated reading by an adult and encourages emerging readers to tackle words that might be harder. The repetition within the story reinforces learning new words. (I read this story as a young child and fell in love with it. It was my FIRST requested book for purchase. I still have the original.) Enjoy this treasure!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2003

    Good lesson poorly presented

    This book came to our house courtesy one of our book clubs. I immediately recognized it as one I'd had as a child, but just as quickly had a sense that I'd not enjoyed it. Upon flipping through the pages, I remembered why. The simple fact is that most of this book's characters are in abject terror for most of this book. Some are even afraid for their lives, and in fact the word 'kill' is used. While in the end the book teaches a nice lesson about jumping to conclusions and overreacting, there must be a thousand more comforting ways to deliver that lesson. I'm not an extremely protective parent, but this is not one I care to share with my kids.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    My 2 1/2 year old son loves this book!

    My 2 1/2 year old son loves this book!

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    Wonderful Book

    Was my son's favorite book when he was a child. Recently bought for a friend's child so she can have as much fun reading it to her child as I did with mine when he was younger.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Adorable classic

    My 1 1/2 yr old daughter loves this book! She enjoys pointing and naming all the animals chasing each others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2007

    Great teaching opportunity WITH edits

    I agree with the one-star rating below in that the word 'kill' is used and the end of the 'terror' chain is a man toting a rifle. I love this book for the lesson. And, for now, as I read it to my 2 1/2 yr old daughter, I replace 'kill' with 'get' and disregard lack of rhyming in the interest of protecting her from this concept until age appropriate.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2003

    Shelly T, this book is for you!

    This is a terrific story with great illustrations. It is a great way to teach the concept that things are not always what they seem. I think the previous reviewer who objected to the 'abject terror' in the story could not be further off base.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2001

    Great Book for teaching the relationship between what we think and what we feel.

    I am a psychotherapist and I often use this book as an illustration for children (and sometimes adults) of the relationship between what we think and what we feel and how simply changing our thinking can often change the way we feel about things. This book has a nice rhythm which is enjoyable and entertaining as well as therapeutic.

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