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In this nautical update on the familiar childhood rhyme "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly," an old sailor swallows a krill, which makes him ill, so he swallows a jellyfish to catch the krill, and a feeding frenzy begins! Young readers will love the cumulative rhyme, and grown-ups will appreciate the fresh take on an old favorite....

Title : There Was an Old Sailor
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ISBN : 9781771380225
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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There Was an Old Sailor Reviews

  • Andréa
    2019-06-10 15:30

    There Was an Old Sailor is a creative variation on the childhood "there was an old lady who swallowed a fly" rhyme that (surprisingly) hasn't been done before. Cassandra Allen's illustrations are excellent and fit the theme perfectly. It's definitely a picture book that both kids and parents can enjoy.Note: I received a digital copy of this book through NetGalley.

  • Michelle
    2019-06-16 19:27

    He lives

  • Storywraps
    2019-06-15 18:44

    Most people are familiar with the classic book "There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly", well here is the same concept but using a salty old sailor who swallows a krill. Kids will delight in the fact that this old sea dog gulps down a krill and it makes him ill. He then grabs a jelly (a jelly fish) and wolfs that down, then a fish, a squid....well you get the picture. The refrain, "I don't know why he swallowed the krill - It'll make him ill." will be fun for you to repeat together as the story progresses. Each sea food item increases in size as the old fellow continues his eating frenzy and kids will love the hilarity and ridiculousness of it all. As all satisfied eaters do, the old sailor gives a loud burp, which alleviates his stomach pain, totally cures him and then he ships out. The illustrations are so well done in gouache and pencil. The pictures are bold and expressive which young readers will love. The language is rhyming and singsongy (is that a word?), another aspect that is perfect for young readers. This twist on an old classic is the perfect way to open up a discussion on the concept of the sea food chain. Cleverly the author adds a segment at the end of the book called, "Fishy Facts" which gives information regarding the creatures that the old sailor has downed. The book is a very fun read and gives lots of opportunities for you to learn more about life on and under the sea.

  • KayCee K
    2019-06-07 14:23

    There Was an Old Sailor by Claire Saxby Cassandra Allen will be published on March 1, 2014. This is an advance review of this story.There Was Old Sailor is a new spin on the classic "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly”. The sailor swallows a krill; he doesn’t want to get ill so he swallows a jellyfish to catch the krill. Then one swallow leads to another. As each thing he swallows gets bigger and bigger.I enjoy read this new take on "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” as it’s a favorite of mine. I found the new rhymes a joy to read. Furthermore, the illustrations are a great part of this book and were a pleasure to look at while reading. In addition, to this story at the end of this book there are fish facts about the sea creatures that the old sailor had swallowed. The joys of new rhymes will fill the air with laughter. As well make the children wonder what the old sailor will swallow next. Children who love rhymes and the sea will enjoy this story. provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review.

  • Allie Sumner
    2019-05-29 15:34

    I love pretty much everything about “There Was An Old Sailor”. From it’s clever cadence to it’s fun illustrations you and your child will have a blast reading this story!My three year old son has even memorized some parts and loves to say them with me. The story is silly but will make your kid do plenty of thinking and not just about sea animals. My son flat said that swallowing some of these animals whole is impossible. When I challenged his statement with “He could of chewed them”…my son hit me back with “No Mom, it pacifically says SWALLOWED not CHEEEEWED”. Yes, I meant to put pacifically….that’s how he says it.I love that this is an actual story instead of information dumping. Kids want to learn but they also want to do it in fun innovative ways. Not just repeating over and over the same facts in the same ways.This book is unique and fun! I’m glad we found it! You never know, this book may sneak it’s way onto the Christmas list.To see my full review of this title and many others, check out my blog AlliesOpinions on Wordpress!

  • Heather Jo
    2019-05-26 13:20

    megan winter reading 2017, children's book, picture book, sing along, sailing, sea, animals, prek, kindergarten, first grade, second grade

  • Dena (Batch of Books)
    2019-05-29 19:45

    This is another spin on the song There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. It seems like it doesn't matter how many versions of that song I read, I still like them. This one takes on a new twist that I haven't seen before. The old woman is swapped for an old sailor and the farm animals are replaced by sea life. The rhymes are pretty good the whole way through, and the book flows easily. Nothing feels forced or awkward.The illustrations have a lovely, hand drawn, doodle-like feel to them, even though they are finished paintings. They also depict the sailor actually eating the animals whole, rather than just showing the animals alongside him. My kids laughed at the pictures of the sailor trying to fit an whole creatures into his mouth. If your kids like the Old Lady versions, they'll like this one too.My blog: Batch of Books

  • Carol
    2019-05-27 15:28

    I have read many armloads of picture books to my son when he was young so I think this is one is a peach! The pictures are in bright colors and are eye catching.Having never heard of the “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” which was referred to in the book jacket so this book made me think of “This is the House that Jack built”. It uses the same pattern of repeating the previous lines in a chorus. The rhyming is what really made me want to read this book. My brother is severely autistic and he loves rhyming verses so I know that he will love this book. There are “fishy facts” in the last part of this book including some that I didn’t know before.I highly recommend this book for very young children and for autistic children who love rhyming.I received this book as a win from FirstReads and that in no way influenced my thoughts or feelings in this review.

  • Sara Grochowski
    2019-06-05 19:25

    THERE WAS AN OLD SAILOR is a clever twist on There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. It all starts when a tough, old sailor makes the mistake of swallowing a krill, though it will, no doubt, make him ill. As the story progresses, the sailor makes some rather extreme food choices in an attempt to rid himself of the pesky krill. Before the end of the book he's swallowed all manner of marine life, including a squid, a ray, a seal, a shark, and a whale. Then, with a burp, he sets sail. The book is finished with a quick, amusing facts about the sea creatures found within the book (and the sailor's stomach). Vibrant illustrations of the sailor and the creatures he fearlessly swallows will no doubt captivate young readers. Recommended!

  • Samantha
    2019-06-04 21:27

    Think I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly but substitute a sailor and various ocean life. The absurdity of the rhyme brought to mind I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson, but the art is more subdued and not nearly as zany as I was anticipating.I'm in like with this book, not in love. The text was a bit stronger for me than the gouache and pencil artwork. The illustrations were beautiful, for sure, but I found myself wanting complete ridiculousness. Following the story is a two page spread of fun facts about the sea creatures featured in text. Good read aloud for PreK-2.

  • Marfita
    2019-05-23 19:45

    This is precisely what you'd think: the old lady who swallowed a fly with an ocean theme and a jolly, plump sailor. The illustrations work well for storytime and charming, although that krill looks more the size of a prawn. The look on the shark's face is priceless. The sailor's comestibles get larger and larger until he finally swallows a whale, but has a happier ending than our old lady friend. The book finishes off with some "Fishy Facts" - pithy fun facts about each sea animal in the song. I wasn't convinced that all the song "scanned." But I will definitely use it in storytime, because it's just too cute not to!

  • Barbara
    2019-05-23 20:20

    Reading this humorous picture book gave me a tummy ache as the sailor kept swallowing larger and larger sea creatures. A take-off on the classic "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly," this version features a sailor who swallows first a krill, followed by a jellyfish, and eventually a whale. Of course, it's obvious that he could never consume such large meals, and when he burps after all that food, no one will be surprised as all the marine life is expelled back into the sea. The gouache and pencil illustrations are quite attractive, and young readers are likely to enjoy this rhyming version of one of their favorite ditties.

  • Kasey Cocoa
    2019-06-04 13:47

    My son and I sat together in the big overstuffed reading chair to enjoy a few children's books, this being one of them. When finished he looked at me and said "That's just silly. Let's not read that one again." I have to agree. While the intention was cute and the drawings nicely done, the book just seems silly and not in a happy enjoyable way. I can not honestly recommend this one even for the very young. I received an evaluation copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest opinion and review. In no way has this influenced our opinion. Read more reviews, author interviews and enter giveaways on my blog.

  • Nick
    2019-05-30 17:21

    A re-singing of the old song, "I Know an Old Lady," this one alters the story from swallowing land animals to swallowing sea creatures. It's really cute, although the opening verse makes no sense at all, other than to create a rhyme. Still, it creates a scenario like the old song, in which the character has to swallow bigger and bigger creatures. The ending, which is happier and funnier than the original, is quite abrupt. The end pages have a little bit of information about the various creatures, which is good.The artwork is only okay, but those are probably the cutest krill in the history of children's books.

  • Caryn Caldwell
    2019-05-30 18:30

    A retelling of "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly," but with a sailor who swallows a krill, a jellyfish, a squid, and a number of other sea creatures. For those who don't mind the repetition, this is a fun version of the old tale, with gorgeous illustrations and a happier, funnier ending. Includes a section with "fishy facts" at the end, telling more about each animal featured in the book.

  • Jamie
    2019-06-05 18:33

    Very cute spin on "There Was an Old Lady". I think kids would enjoy the nautili themed tale with all of the sea creatures the sailor swallows. I love the illustrations in this book. I also like that the author included a fact about each animal that the sailor swallow.I think my Kindergarten classes would love this silly book.I received an e-galley for free through NetGalley in return for an honest review.

  • Courte
    2019-05-28 14:37

    I was fortunate enough to receive this book as part of the Goodreads First Reads program. This book is a very creative rendition of "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.". Kids are sure to be amused at how the sailor ends up curing his tummy troubles! Beautifully illustrated. The big colorful pictures are sure to catch the eye's of little readers/listeners. And the "Fishy Facts" at the end was a great addition. Kids at elementary level are sure to love this book.

  • Lynda Shoup
    2019-05-20 17:47

    I didn't see this one coming. There was an old sailor who swallowed a krill…. a new memorable addition to the There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly spinoffs. The illustrations are enchanting. Even when the old sailor is swallowing things he really should think better about swallowing. Cleverly conceived and implemented. The illustrations extended the delight of the text. Added bonus - the end papers made me smile.

  • Crystalee
    2019-06-07 21:48

    This book is quite the update on “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly”! The illustrations are beautiful, the rhyme catchy, and the story unique. But, eww, talk about gag reflex just thinking about the sailor swallowing all of those sea creatures!It’s kinda gross, but maybe Saxby’s target audience likes that. ;-)

  • Tonia Jeffery
    2019-06-16 20:47

    My girls (3 and 5) both really enjoyed this book. I thought the illustrations were lovely and fun. It does remind me very much of "There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly", which I loved as a child. I also liked that there were "Fishy Facts" at the end about all the sea life that was swallowed.

  • Becki
    2019-05-28 17:27

    Reading this out loud is probably the most entertaining thing I've done all day! That says more in credit to this book then it does my day. My favorite line is "There was an old sailor who swallowed a jelly, that wriggled and wriggled and jiggled his belly"The illustrations are fun and the fishy facts at the back were delightful, a great read to any child (or adult!)

  • Jayna
    2019-05-21 21:25

    I received a digital copy in exchange for an honest review.This is a nautical twist on the classic "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly." Naturally, this is a silly book with a lot of rhymes.I really liked that the last pages include some facts about sea animals. Kids, especially boys, will love this!

  • Ricki Ward
    2019-06-07 14:43

    What an adorable twist on an old favorite! Both my 3 year old and 6 year old enjoyed this entertaining rhyme, and the artwork is stunning. My daughter liked reading the fun facts about the sea creatures featured in the rhyme that were included in the back of the book. There Was an Old Sailor would make a great addition to any child's book collection!

  • Allie
    2019-06-19 21:38

    I won this book from a Goodread's giveaway for my nephew.Its supposed to be "the boy" version of "there was an old lady" rhyming book and its cute but I think the original is pretty universal and such a classic that you don't really need this version. But if your son is into the ocean or sharks, then this book is worth it. He'll love the pictures.

  • Natalie
    2019-05-24 20:18

    Beautifully illustrated variation on There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly set at the high seas. If you like to avoid the "Perhaps she'll die" refrain with your wee ones, this version uses "It'll make him ill" instead.

  • Michelle
    2019-06-07 17:35

    A lively,rhyming ocean adventure of a sailor who tries many things after eating a krill to help him feel better.A tongue tied fun book to read over again....and again when asked to.Good design work too(coming from an ocean enthusiast).

  • Jay
    2019-05-30 14:21

    ARC kindly provided by NetGalley on behalf of the publishers a sea based version of the classic Old Woman who Swallowed a Fly story...contains a variety of sea creatures being swallowed, until "BURP!", & then the Sailor sets sail

  • Jeffrey
    2019-05-20 16:33

    Mirroring the rhythm of the classic "There was an old woman, this jaunty nautical version is especially pleasing for it's wonderful illustrations - they are like a cross between Raymond Briggs, Anthony Browne and John Burmingham!

  • Emilia P
    2019-06-19 15:22

    Aw, man. This makes me hungry. For all the fishes in the sea. And fun fish facts! I must say it is a bit of an improvement on the old lady who swallowed a fly, if only because the things that the sailor eats are more delicious. Lovely pictures, effective and precise.

  • Mary
    2019-06-12 13:33

    This is a nautical take on the "Little Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly." Instead of farm animals, the sailor swallows different sea creatures. It is clever, but rubbed me the wrong way, somehow. Other people might really enjoy the rhymes, though!