There Was an Old Sailor by Claire SaxbyThere Was an Old Sailor by Claire Saxby

There Was an Old Sailor

byClaire SaxbyIllustratorCassandra Allen

Picture Books | March 1, 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.
Claire Saxby is the author of Emu which made the Wilderness Society 2015 children¿s book award shortlist in the Nonfiction category.
Title:There Was an Old SailorFormat:Picture BooksProduct dimensions:32 pages, 10.5 × 8.75 × 0.25 inShipping dimensions:10.5 × 8.75 × 0.25 inPublished:March 1, 2014Publisher:Kids Can PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1771380225

ISBN - 13:9781771380225

Appropriate for ages: 3


Editorial Reviews

Bold and lively illustrations by Cassandra Allen are sure to draw laughter from young listeners.-The Montreal Gazette