There Was an Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Fish

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There was an old pirate . . . who swallowed a fish, a bird, a map, some gold, and even a whole pirate ship! Will the Old Pirate sink to the bottom of the deep, dark sea? Yo ho ho! Watch his belly grow! Jennifer Ward’s take on the “Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” song is perfectly matched with Steve Gray’s zany digital illustrations.

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Overview

There was an old pirate . . . who swallowed a fish, a bird, a map, some gold, and even a whole pirate ship! Will the Old Pirate sink to the bottom of the deep, dark sea? Yo ho ho! Watch his belly grow! Jennifer Ward’s take on the “Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” song is perfectly matched with Steve Gray’s zany digital illustrations.

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Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
Jonathan Taback's hyperkinetic take on the classic folk song "There was an old woman who swallowed a fly" seems to have unleashed a torrent of parodies of the tune. This time, it is an old pirate who swallowed a fish. Each new and increasing bulky thing that the pirate throws down the hatch brings on the cumulative list of what he has already swallowed. And each time, the list ends with the refrain: "Blimey, but that fish was slimey!/ Why did he swallow it? I don't know./ Yo ho ho! Watch his belly grow." By the end, swallowing a pirate ship sinks the fellow and his huge belly to the bottom of the ocean—and Davy Jones' locker. Steve Gray's brightly colored illustrations show everyone, from the first fish to the pirate himself, with bulging eyes and exaggerated toothy mouths. Jennifer Ward's language has all the fun for the tongue power of the original song's rhyme, as in "with a grip and a flip down went the ship!" Early childhood teachers will find this a lively addition to their collection—especially if the youngsters in their classrooms are wild about pirates. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Ahoy there, me hearties! This is a fun new take on "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly." The colorful and zany cartoon art does a phenomenal job of capturing the absurdity and hilarity of this outrageous spin-off. A harum-scarum old pirate encounters misfortune at sea as he ingests one unpalatable item after another. From a whole fish to a chest of gold to a large ship, these unappetizing items lead to the untimely demise of this sea-worn picaroon. The text is engaging and melodic. Boys and girls alike will love to sing each comical new verse. Anticipation builds as each item introduced grows larger and larger and children eagerly await the dramatic ending. The digitally created illustrations are boldly colorful and delightful. Children will linger on each page, not wanting to miss any details. Although many collections contain numerous versions of this tale, this one is modern and highly appealing. The cumulative and repetitive nature of the story is great for actively involving the youngest readers/listeners.—Amy Shepherd, St. Anne's Episcopal School, Middleton, DE
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761461968
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/18/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 215,281
  • Age range: 4 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Ward is the author of numerous acclaimed books for children, including I Love Dirt! 52 Activities to Help You and Your Kids Discover the Wonders of Nature, The Busy Tree, There Was an Old Monkey Who Swallowed a Frog, and There Was an Odd Princess Who Swallowed a Pea. Her books have received many honors, including the Giverny Award for Best Children's Science Picture Book, the Growing Young Readers' Book Award, the American Booksellers Association "Book Sense Pick of the Lists", a Learning Magazine "Teachers' Choice Award for Best Children's Picture Book", a "Parents' Choice Award", a Governor's First Grade Book Selection for the states of New Jersey and Arizona, a Barnes & Noble Author of the Month two years in a row, and a Grand Canyon Reader's Award winner and honors recipient, among others. A former educator, Jennifer now writes full time from her home in the Midwest. Learn more: www.jenniferwardbooks.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2014

    Enjoyable twist on the old lady who swallowed a fly.

    Read this to my preschool class. They enjoyed it a lot, especially the boys, who are into pirates. They were able to repeat some of the repetition in the story. The ending was a bit flat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2013

    Very cute! Definitely exceeded my expectations! The storyline an

    Very cute! Definitely exceeded my expectations! The storyline and illustrations catch your attention and intrigue you! Great book for the reader and/or the ones listening! 

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