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Penelope Anne Cole enjoys writing children’s stories to be read aloud. “Reading to children is the best way to help them love literature.” Ms. Cole has taught and tutored at every grade level, K to 12, and community college. She also reviews children's books. When not writing or reviewing children’s books, Ms. Cole enjoys dog walking, reading, gardening, church, and choir activities. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a member of the California Writers Club:  Fremont Area Writers, SF Peninsula Writers, and South Bay Writers, and is a Reading Therapist with Read America. Ms. Cole reviews books at

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Wacky Wednesday - "There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a. . ."

It's another Wacky Wednesday and I'm posting about Lucille Colandro's series of books, "There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a. . ."  These stories are holiday-themed and follow the cadence of the old song, "There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly."  Kids love the repetition and it's fun for teachers, parents, and grandparents to read out loud to them as I did last Friday while subbing.

The first Colandro book I'll tell you about is There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose, illustrated by Jared Lee.  In this book she is swallowing all the parts or ingredients for a -- you guessed it -- a Valentine's Day card!  It's a timely book for February that teachers and parents will enjoy reading to their kids for Valentine's day and everyone will be laughing with glee at the wacky and silly images of the artist, Jared Lee.
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose!
 Of course, if you find something that works for you, why not do it for other holidays?  So Ms. Colandro and Mr. Lee did just that.  Next there's There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover.  Righto, for March and St. Patrick's day:

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover!

Next we have There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick, for Easter enjoyment.
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick!
 For summer fun or a beach-themed unit at school we have . . .Who Swallowed a Shell:


There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell!
After summer, for teachers, parents and kids, is the first day of school celebrated in, . . .Who Swallowed Some Books:
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books!
Then for Halloween, . . . Who Swallowed a Bat:
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat!
Then for fall and Thanksgiving, . . . Who Swallowed Some Leaves:

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves! Next there's . . . A Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow, for a snowman:
 There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow!  Then there's. . .Who Swallowed a Bell, for Santa Claus:
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell! And finally, there's. . .Who Swallowed a Sticker Book.  This one let's kids tell how the story will go and they can practice their rhymes.  This is a favorite of teachers and parents for inspiring creativity:
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Sticker Book!  These are all wacky and fun, also good for showing rhymes and enjoying some silly books together.  I don't know if she can come up with any more books, but you know where to find them, if she does.  Although it says recommended for ages 3 to 5, I know 6 and 7 year olds would also appreciate these stories, too, especially if you're trying to inspire them to start writing their own stories.




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