Monday, November 10, 2014

Tuesday Bookclub Linky Party- There Was An Old Woman Books

Welcome to the Tuesday Book Club!  I will be posting the 2nd Tuesday of every month  with a favorite Story book to read or sing.   There are so many great books out there that students (and teachers) love! If you are a blogger feel free to link up and share your favorite book to read/ sing to your students by following the directions at the end of the post. The linky party will always be open until the end of the month.

I LOVE "There Was an Old Lady who Swallowed a ...." books.

I have so many and there a few others I want to get as well.  My students love to join in and have fun as we get faster and faster through the repeated parts.  (Note: I accidentally typed "faster and fatter" at first... which could actually work for these books :-P)

I always start with "There Was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly" in October. I love the pictures in this one by Simms Taback and that the animals get in on the story. 

In November is always "I Know an Old Lady who Swallowed a Pie".

This is a great Thanksgiving version.  I love that in this one the Old Lady eats mostly real food- just A LOT of it.  We can always have a fun discussion about favorite Thanksgiving foods and if we ever accidentally over eat.  I also love that in this one, the Lady doesn't die- just becomes a balloon in the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade.  So cute!

In December I read "There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Bell"- What a way to help Santa pack his sleigh! The Author, Lucille Colandro and Illustrator, Jared Lee have collaborated on MANY "There was an Old Lady" books and I hope to get a few more for my collection soon!

I also have "There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Trout" which has BEAUTIFUL illustrations and "I Know a Shy Fellow who Swallowed a Cello" which a super cute musical version!

A few that I want to get include: "There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Bat", "... who Swallowed a Chick", and "... who Swallowed Some Books"

As I said, my students, just like me, adore these books! They love to sing along and are always excited to see what the Old Lady (or fellow) will eat next.  The illustrations in all of these versions are super cute and I sing the same tune every time.  I originally heard this tune at a BYU Mens Chorus Concert, but I also love the Burl Ives version which you can hear/watch here. Note: It is up to you if you want to show this one to your students, it is an old timey cartoon where there is some cartoon violence- I just like to have it playing without the picture so the students can hear someone other than me sing. There are so many cute versions of many of these books on youtube! Check it out!

Click the link below to link up and join in the Linky-party fun and share your favorite books to sing or read to your class! Don't forget to save the picture at the top of this blog post and insert it into your blog post with a link back to this page!  When you click the link it will take you to a new page where you copy the link to your blogpost and you will be all set!

Check out some other great ideas from bloggers who have linked up!
Molly from All Star Music VA posted about "I Bought Me a Cat" and "Farmyard Beat"- great for the younger kiddos!


  1. Emily, do you just use the Old Lady books as an opener or a closer for a lesson? Or do you do a whole activity with each one? Thanks for sharing this linky party- I'll be linking up soon!

    1. Molly, I usually use my stories as a closer, but sometimes they have one or two activities after them. This week, with There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Pie we talked about favorite Thanksgiving foods and then played Shoo Turkey to line up at the door. Most of my lessons for the 1st or 2nd graders center around a theme (thanksgiving, playground, animals) so often it is easy to tie the book in.

  2. Great post! I've nominated your blog for a Liebster Award

    1. Thank you! What a fun award- I love learning more about the people I know through the internet and of course finding new blogs to read!