There Was an Old Sailor

There Was an Old Sailor

by Claire Saxby and Cassandra Allen

Hardback Publication Date: 01/03/2014

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This playful, rhyming picture book offers a fresh and fun new take on the song ?There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.? In Claire Saxby's telling, a white-bearded, big-bellied sailor sets things in motion by swallowing a krill. He then goes on to swallow progressively larger sea creatures, each meant to catch the preceding one. Every new introduction is followed by a retelling of all the previously eaten animals, and ?I don't know why he swallowed the krill --- It'll make him ill.? The sailor's tale finally ends when he swallows a whale, ?then with a burp ... set sail.? The burp allows all the other creatures to be released out of his mouth and back into the sea, presenting the surprise of a happier ending for the sailor than for the old lady in the song.

The story is perfectly complemented by Cassandra Allen's jaunty, simple and playful illustrations, which provide a terrific source of visual clues for pre-readers looking to recognize words. The rhyming and repetition will make this a favorite read-aloud choice for storytime, as children will happily participate in reading the repeated sections, which are so easily and quickly memorized. In addition, there is a ?Fishy Facts? spread at the back of the book that contains a true fact about each animal in the story (including ?A blue whale can eat millions of krill a day!?), which would make for a fantastic introduction to a discussion on the size of sea creatures and the food chain.
ISBN:
9781771380225
9781771380225
Category:
Humorous stories (Children's / Teenage)
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
01-03-2014
Language:
English
Publisher:
Kids Can Press
Country of origin:
Canada
Pages:
24
Dimensions (mm):
266x221x8mm
Weight:
0.35kg
Claire Saxby

Claire Saxby is an award-winning and bestselling picture book author. Her two previous Nature Storybooks, Big Red Kangaroo (2013) and Emu (2014), both illustrated by Graham Byrne, have won numerous awards, including the Royal Zoological Society of NSW’s Whitley Award.

Big Red Kangaroo was a 2014 CBCA Notable Book, and won the CBCA Crichton Award for illustration, and Emu was short-listed for the 2015 CBCA Eve Pownall Award and won the Environment Award for Children's Literature. Claire lives in Melbourne, where she works part-time in a bookshop.

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