There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover!


There was an Old Lady who swallowed things over and over, and now she's come back to swallow a clover!

She's back! That lovely old lady has returned just in time for St. Patrick's Day. Now she's swallowing items to make the perfect rainbow to hide a pot of gold.

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There was an Old Lady who swallowed things over and over, and now she's come back to swallow a clover!

She's back! That lovely old lady has returned just in time for St. Patrick's Day. Now she's swallowing items to make the perfect rainbow to hide a pot of gold.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
Just in time for St. Patrick's Day here is another variation of the well beloved cumulative song "There was an old lady who swallowed a fly," In this case, she starts with a clover (though she doesn't roll over) and proceeds to a daisy, a butterfly, a bird, a pot, some gold to fill it with and a fiddle—which brings around a wee little leprechaun who dances all those swallowed things out. Jared Lee's illustrations are somewhat in the style of the old Mad Magazine, suitable enough for this variant. While this is not great literature, it is good enough fun. It might be used to inspire young writers to do their own variation of the famous song. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—In this goofy twist on the classic cumulative rhyme "There was an old lady who swallowed a clover… but she didn't roll over." Indeed, she also gulps down a daisy, a butterfly, a bird, a pot, gold coins, and a fiddle. At the end of this strange feast, she dances with a "wee little leprechaun" and her giggling causes a rainbow to pop out of her mouth. While not an obvious holiday selection, the book ends with a "Happy St. Patrick's Day!" wish. Lee's comically absurd cartoons will have children chuckling, but some of the rhymes are awkward to read aloud ("She swallowed the bird to glide with the butterfly"), and the explanations are often a stretch ("She swallowed the daisy to brighten the clover").—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545352222
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Series: There Was an Old Lad
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 51,282
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD580L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Lucille Colandro has written many books for children including the There Was An Old Lady series illustrated by Jared Lee.

Jared Lee has illustrated more than 100 books for young readers. He has received awards from the Society of Illustrators, the Martha Kinney Cooper Ohioana Library Association, the National Cartoonists Society, and others. He lives in Ohio with his wife and a menagerie of dogs, cats, ponies, ducks, and a few unknown creatures.

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  • Posted February 23, 2012

    Absolutely Love this book.

    My daughter loves reading. She has been struggling lately, although she has previously relied on pictures and illustrations to paint the story. This book has enabled me to help her break through the reading barrier. Through reading, repetitiveness, and dedicating some time. I can say that this book has been the stepping stone for my daughter to be inspired by other books. Shes reading very liberally and easily now. This book began a great breakthrough for my child- It inspired her and from that now she excels.. This is an extraordinary book.. JUST LOVE IT> Kudos to the author.....So adorable ...

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