Old Black Flyby Jim Aylesworth, Stephen Gammell
Nothing drives a family crazy faster than an old black fly on a hot summer day, especially when the family's a little crazy already. And this fly is as bad as they come! He knows every lowdown trick in the book--and won't rest until he's gone through them all. Full color. 32 pp. 50,000 print. See more details below
Nothing drives a family crazy faster than an old black fly on a hot summer day, especially when the family's a little crazy already. And this fly is as bad as they come! He knows every lowdown trick in the book--and won't rest until he's gone through them all. Full color. 32 pp. 50,000 print.
“Aylesworth's buoyant, rhythmic verse provides inspiration for a wondrous evolution of Gammell's style.... Sheer delight for eyes, ears, and funny-bones.” Kirkus Reviews, pointer
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Jim Aylesworth taught the first grade for more than twenty years. He has written more than twenty books for young readers, including My Son John and McGraw's Emporium. He lives in Hinsdale, Illinois, with his wife.
Stephen Gammell has illustrated many books for children. He won the Caldecott Medal for Song and Dance Man. Stephen Gammell lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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This was NOT the BIG BOOK EDITION as described. Keeping it because I can't be bothered to ship it back to the seller. I won't be buying from again.
This book is a great chance for children to experience repetition and rhyming. This little fly helps to teach children their alphabet in new and fun ways! It allows students to see how words flow in a sequence. It also uses the alphabet which enables children to see the order at which a letter comes in the alphabet.
I purchased this book to help alleviate a fear that my 3 year old daughter has of flies. She enjoyed this book and although she still has a little fear of flies, it is not nearly as bad as it had been. She will sit with me while I read the book to her and even touch the flies in the book. As it was difficult for me to find pre-school books relating specifically to flies, I would recommend this book to other parents. The story is enjoyable, easy to read.
I use thew book in my elementary music class and we sing the refrain to the tune of "Buffalo Gals" and add Orff instruments throughout the story. The kids love the story and the fact that it uses all the letters of the alphabet. And they love that the fly gets swatted at the end.
I have a 6 month old daughter. Often I go to the library to take out books. This helps me decide which ones will be good to purchase. She really likes this book and I have a tough time reading it without laughing. I would highly recommend it.