I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie

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 to give a familiar rhyme new zing. Schachner's exuberant, cartoon-style illustrations . . . catch the comedy splendidly!" —Booklist

"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." —School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140565959
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/28/2002
Series: Picture Puffin Books
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 295,186
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 9.94(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile: NP (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Alison Jackson is the award-winning author of many picture books and novels including I Know an Old Lady who Swallowed a Pie, If the Shoe Fits, and Eggs Over Evie. She lives in Salinas, California.

Best known for her Skippyjon Jones series, Judy Schachner has illustrated many of her own stories, including the much-loved Grannyman and its companion book, Bits & Pieces. She lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

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I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
tchalmers26 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It is one of my favorite Thanksgiving stories. When I read to a class, they can easily participate because of their prior knowledge of the Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. It's fun and silly all the way through. Let's face it, sometimes, we all feel like a "Thanksgiving day float" after the big meal.
shelf-employed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't know how I missed this classic from 1997, but it's a gem. The rhymes flow effortlessly and amusingly, "I know an old lady who swallowed a squash.OH MY GOSH, A FAT YELLOW SQUASH!"The focus of each rhyme, however, is not always clearly depicted in the whimsical pen and watercolor illustrations. Still, great fun for Thanksgiving and perfect for storytime.
rfewell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
too funny -- she eats so much that she turns into a Macy's float!
BBallard09 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I know an Old lady who swallowed a pie is a story about a old lady who swallows many different food items in which a series of events occur, If she doesn't find anything to get rid of the dry Thanksgiving pie, then perhaps she will die. Oh my! This book really kept my attention and kept me on the edge of my seat, guessing what she was going to eat next. This story introduces rhyming words, as well. I feel as though the rhyming words really make this story pop.Children can make a mobile of the different foods that the old lady ate. Children could also cut out pictures of foods they would like to eat for Thanksgiving, or foods that they actually eat. This is another way you could introduce the food pyramid to the children.
book4children More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
predict& different things the old lady will eat in the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.