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There Was an Old Sailor - Claire Saxby

There Was an Old Sailor

By: Claire Saxby, Cassandra Allen (Illustrator)

Hardcover Published: 1st March 2014
ISBN: 9781771380225
Number Of Pages: 24
For Ages: 4 - 6 years old

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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.

Industry Reviews

Bold and lively illustrations by Cassandra Allen are sure to draw laughter from young listeners.--The Montreal Gazette There Was an Old Sailor is likely to become a cherished bed-time favourite.--CM Magazine An aptly silly narrative and offbeat illustrations make this a successful new spin on an old classic.--Kirkus Reviews

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ISBN: 9781771380225
ISBN-10: 1771380225
Audience: Children
For Ages: 4 - 6 years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 24
Published: 1st March 2014
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.35

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