Wednesday, October 1, 2014

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves (Lucille Colandro)

On the opening page of There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves, the old lady leans back to swallow a pile of leaves falling from the sky. After that, this wacky, imaginative, cumulative tale just gets sillier and sillier.

Each time the old lady swallows something new, the cumulative text repeats the past things she has swallowed in reverse sequence and ends with foreshadowing: “Perhaps she’ll sneeze!” Through the story, the old lady swallows a shirt, a pumpkin, a pole, some pants, a rope, and some hay.

Then, as predicted from the start, the old lady sneezes. All the things she has swallowed fly out of her mouth accompanied by a big “ACHOO!” On the last page, readers find out why the old lady swallowed all those strange things – they come together to make an autumn scarecrow.

You can find the Template at: Kelly and Kims Kreations



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