Reviews for I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie


Horn Book Guide Reviews 1998
In a clever play on the favorite rhyme, an old lady grows bigger and bigger as she swallows whole the entire Thanksgiving meal, starting with the pie. Energetic drawings depict the old lady gleefully gorging herself to the amusement of two toddlers and the amazement and fury of their parents. In a fittingly outrageous ending, the old lady joins a holiday parade as a very merry and large balloon. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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School Library Journal Reviews 1997 November
PreS-K In a holiday version of a familiar children's song, an old lady swallows a dry Thanksgiving pie and a succession of other foods, beginning with an entire jug of cider to moisten the pie. Although the cider rumbles and grumbles agreeably inside her, the other foods are not related. The woman swallows a salad to go with a squash, a pot to go with a turkey, and a 10-layer cake to go with the pot. While no one can accuse the original "I Know an Old Lady" of making sense, the animals devoured increase in size each time and fit into a more-or-less logical food chain. Jackson's version is redeemed, however, by the fun of rhymes such as "Her future looked murky, after that turkey" and an ending that shows the old lady as a giant balloon in a Thanksgiving Parade as she finally says, "I'm full." Schachner's watercolor illustrations are absolutely delightful. Children will find lots to examine and enjoy in these expressive pictures, particularly the repeated appearances of the woman's fluffy white cat. Jackie Hechtkopf, Talent House School, Fairfax, VA Copyright 1998 School Library Journal Reviews

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