There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, Board book

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly Board book

Illustrated by Pam Adams

Part of the Classic Books with Holes Cover series

3.5 out of 5 (5 ratings)


Forty years after its first publication this much-loved Child's Play classic is as popular as ever.

Ingenious die-cut holes bring this iconic nursery rhyme to life, and Pam Adams' fabulous illustrations lend humour and vibrancy to the proceedings.

Bouncy images, innovative die cutting and favourite rhymes make Books with Holes a must for every child.

Available in three formats, suitable for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and the nursery or classroom.


  • Format: Board book
  • Pages: 14 pages, 14 colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Child's Play International Ltd
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  • Category: Baby books
  • ISBN: 9780859537278



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Illustrated by Pam Adams. The board book has holes in the pages, to show the old lady's stomach filling up with more and more creatures. Good for a family sing-along.

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We don't pull this one out often enough, probably because I prefer to sing the song :)It's very cleverly designed - every page you turn, you can see how the old woman is cramming more and more animals into her belly until the horse fills it entirely - then she's dead, of course! (And that's precisely why one should never swallow a horse.)

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This is fun book that most students will enjoy. There is an old lady and she starts swallowing different things around her. It does repeat alot, it builds up to the new thing that was just swallowed and ask the same question at the end. The pictures in this book are amazing. And children will find it funny.

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This is just a classic book. It is useful for teaching sequencing in the classroom. You can see the animals in the woman's stomach as she eats them. The words are not written in the traditional line form. In this book, they are written in more of a blob form. This makes it fun to read.

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We liked this book especially because it was repetitive and it had a sequence to it. What my daughter loved the most and was curious about were the holes on each page to show what was inside of the old lady's tummy.