There Was an Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Fishby Jennifer Ward, Steve Gray (Illustrator)
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.
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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I really enjoyed this book. I read it to a classroom of 3rd graders this week and they said they loved it. Yes, it is just like the classic I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly but this pirate swallows some crazy stuff and “Yo ho ho! Watch his belly grow!” The kids chimed in on this one line refrain in the beginning but before the book was over, their pirate accent was belting out the last three lines of the whole refrain. Yes, he does get quite large and no, he doesn’t explode, it’s not that dramatic. The characters are funny as they reminded me of Sponge Bob Square Pants with the big eyes and the exaggerated features. The pictures are bright and colorful and on the glossy paper, they really stand out. It is an excellent, funny book.
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.
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!