Sunday, December 19, 2010

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves!

Lucille Colandro
Illustrated by Jared Lee

The old lady is swallowing leaves! She has such a big mouth you have to wonder just how many leaves she is going to really swallow. Is she like a leaf vacuum? How do the leaves know to come to her mouth? Why is the dog near her not swallowed along with the leaves? What about the bird on the branch just above her head? Why just the leaves? Each time the old lady swallows a new item; her mouth seems to get bigger. Her feet are very tiny in respect to her body and mouth size, just saying. This old lady should have a very difficult time walking even if she does not swallow a pumpkin and a pole – and a pair of pants! The final item is a bunch of hay, which could easily start an allergy attack! Do you think that is the reason she begins to sneeze? She begins to sneeze until everything comes out. Do you think you know why she swallowed all this stuff?

This book is a remake of a previous picture / rhyming book that was very popular. The unfortunate thing at this time, it proves the point that not all remakes work. Perhaps if we are lucky, we will not see a slew of remakes of this type of picture book. Save your money, purchase the original; it is worth the money spent.

BIBLIO: 2010, Cartwheel Books, Ages 3+, $5.99.
REVIEWER: Debby Willett
FORMAT: Picture Book / Rhyming Text
ISBN: 978-0-545-24198-4

REVIEWED FOR: Children’s Literature, Online Version, 11-5-10

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