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Library : Book Reviews > I Know an Old Lady

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie
By Alison Jackson
Pictures by Judith Byron Schachner

Review by: Christa J Koch
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"I know an old lady who swallowed a pie, A Thanksgiving pie, which was really too dry. Perhaps she'll die."

This fabulous story is a spin off the children's classic There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. 

An old lady comes over for Thanksgiving dinner and seems to forget all her manners. She brings with her a Thanksgiving pie (which is really too dry). This ravenous relative devours the pie before even entering the house. Next she downs a jug of cider to moisten the pie (which was really too dry). Then she swallows a roll, a squash, a salad, and a whole turkey. "Her future looks murky after eating that turkey." To the horror of the Thanksgiving dinner hosts, and the delight of their children (and the readers), the old lady finds more to eat in this outrageously funny story, including a ten layer cake. As the old lady downs more food her size changes. She becomes larger and larger. The ever-expanding elder makes a delightful yet unexpected contribution to a holiday tradition.

This story is certain to bring you a larger then life laugh. Alison Jackson definitely hits your funny. The illustrations complement the silly story well. They are done in a watercolor and ink. The renderings are just hilarious, with just the right amount of color and detail.

Your preschoolers will be delighted with this hilarious story. They will be giggling more and more with every turn of the page. This story will be a welcome addition to your thanksgiving time reading. Perhaps a new family tradition. You sure will be "thankful" you don't have such a relative. Or do you?

I recommend this story for preschool children ages 3 - 5.

Tip: Depending on how your preschooler might react, you can change the word "Die" to "Cry" when reading the story.

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