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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

by Pam Adams (author) (UK edition)

Suitable for 3 - 6 years

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Product description

Greedy for a great rhyme? Try this funny favourite. Poke your fingers in the holes. Laugh like mad. Warning: this old lady has a very big appetite. Don’t stand too close: she’ll probably eat you up! Peep through the cutaway holes to see the creatures in her tummy wriggle and jiggle. She’s swallowed a fly, she’s swallowed a spider, she’s swallowed a cat… Whatever next?

  • A traditional rhyme in a novelty peephole format
  • Peek ahead by peeping into the old lady’s tummy
  • Part of a bestselling series which children adore
  • Structured verses build literacy and prediction skills

Product Details

Catalogue number

508 in EU Primary March 2018






Child's Play (International) Ltd

Date published

August 1st, 1973

Other details
  • 16 pages


UK edition



  1. Natasha, Scholastic Staff
    on 21 April 2011

    Funny and Playful

    Surprisingly humorous, There was an old lady who swallowed a fly, keeps you guessing what she will swallow next! This beautifully crafted picture book is perfect for young readers who will love the amusing rhymes throughout.

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  1. Avatar bat 761713

    on 16 October 2011

    Soooooo funny

    5out of 5
  2. Petula 113689

    on 7 March 2010

    i loved this book when i was little. it is very funny and amazing how she can fit such large animals into her tummy.

    5out of 5
  3. Avatar owl 761790

    on 7 March 2010

    i thought this book was funny but it could do better!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5out of 5