I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie

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I know an old lady who swallowed a pie, a Thanksgiving pie, which was really too dry.

And with that the feast begins! After the pie the old lady swallows a whole squash, all of the salad, and the entire turkey! As Mother and Father watch in shock, the two children are delighted to see the old lady growing fatter and fatter. And, in the end, the old lady makes a surprising and humorous contribution to the holiday festivities.

"Jackson draws on some traditional Thanksgiving foods...

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Overview


I know an old lady who swallowed a pie, a Thanksgiving pie, which was really too dry.

And with that the feast begins! After the pie the old lady swallows a whole squash, all of the salad, and the entire turkey! As Mother and Father watch in shock, the two children are delighted to see the old lady growing fatter and fatter. And, in the end, the old lady makes a surprising and humorous contribution to the holiday festivities.

"Jackson draws on some traditional Thanksgiving foods to give a familiar rhyme new zing. Schachner's exuberant, cartoon-style illustrations . . . catch the comedy splendidly!" (Booklist)

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The illustrations freshen up the old cumulative chestnut. "The old lady herself is a tour de force of visual slapstick," wrote PW. "Even the typography joins the fun." Ages 3-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
This classic childhood song has been transformed into Thanksgiving hilarity. A little old lady gulps down a dry pie, swills cider which "rumbled and mumbled and grumbled" inside her. That is only the beginning. Hysterics and hysteria mount as Jackson's funny words and Schachner's silly illustrations show the old lady growing as big as a Thanksgiving Day float. They have taken a familiar favorite and given it new expression.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
I know an old lady who swallowed a pie, but that pie was really too dry. Perhaps she'll die. The family is aghast at this old lady with the voracious appetite. The pie is eaten before she can give it to her hosts. She gulps down cider that rumbled and grumbled and tickled inside her. Then come the rolls, squash, salad, turkey, even the pot, and a gigantic ten-layer cake. What's to become of her? Suffice it to say that she balloons up to float over the Thanksgiving Day Parade.
School Library Journal
PreS-K--In a holiday version of a familiar children's song, an old lady swallows a dry Thanksgiving pie and a succession of other foods, beginning with an entire jug of cider to moisten the pie. Although the cider rumbles and grumbles agreeably inside her, the other foods are not related. The woman swallows a salad to go with a squash, a pot to go with a turkey, and a 10-layer cake to go with the pot. While no one can accuse the original "I Know an Old Lady" of making sense, the animals devoured increase in size each time and fit into a more-or-less logical food chain. Jackson's version is redeemed, however, by the fun of rhymes such as "Her future looked murky, after that turkey" and an ending that shows the old lady as a giant balloon in a Thanksgiving Parade as she finally says, "I'm full." Schachner's watercolor illustrations are absolutely delightful. Children will find lots to examine and enjoy in these expressive pictures, particularly the repeated appearances of the woman's fluffy white cat.--Jackie Hechtkopf, Talent House School, Fairfax, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140565959
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 148,639
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.96 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Alison Jackson lives in Orlando, Florida.

Judy Schachner lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

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  • Posted November 16, 2012

    Be prepared to laugh this Thanksgiving! I Know and Old Lady Who

    Be prepared to laugh this Thanksgiving! I Know and Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie is a hilarious romping good time.

    A Thanksgiving twist on the old song, I Know an Old Woman That Swallowed a Fly, this picture book will be sure to please! The old woman stuffs more and more ridiculous things down her throat as she grows larger and larger.

    The writing and illustrations are perfect together and combine to make one quirky and hilarious book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2010

    Funny Tale for November

    A light hearted tale for the month of November. The text is written in rhyme which draws a pre-k or kindergarten reader in with ease. The children enjoy repeating the sentence "Perhaps she'll die" followed with many laughs. I use the book for comprehension purposes in the classroom as well a quick counting review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2006

    Fabulous Find!

    I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Pie is one of the best find for the Thanksgiving holiday. This is an adapation of the old classic rhyme, I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, with a Thanksgiving twist. She eats and eats until she blows up like a balloon, and flies in the Thanksgiving parade. It's hysterical, and little ones love it. The cadence is wonderful, and a blast to read aloud! Judy Schachner's illustrations are colorful, and silly, somewhat like Nadine Bernard Wescott's [The Farmer Brown Series, Lady With The Alligator Purse]. If you're looking for a hilarious book for young children say 3 to 7 then this may fit the bill.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2006

    book report

    predict& different things the old lady will eat in the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2001

    A delight for children to read

    This book is a delight as is the original 'I know an old lady who swallowed a fly'. It's a great story for young children to follow along and the use of repetition allows children to pick up the story quite easily. Great pictures to look at! I would recommend this to everyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2000

    Great for Kindergarten !!!

    This is such a wonderful book to read to children. It is not only a great and delightfully humorous, but, kids love it because of the rhyming words.

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