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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

John M. Feierabend

Item #: G-10921     Status: Available

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Series: First Steps in Music


Prepare to be amazed by one old lady’s bizarre and enormous appetite in this delightfully silly folk song, part of a series of captivating picture books based on beloved songtales from the great American folk tradition.

Each verse of this classic cumulative tale gets longer and longer as the old lady progressively consumes larger and more improbable animals, a comedic premise that has delighted audiences for centuries.

In this cleverly illustrated version by artist Isiah Timmons, no animals were harmed. Instead, Timmons has created a fantastical “Candyland” inhabited by animal-shaped sweets on which the old lady feasts. How many will she eat before it’s too late?

Like the other folk song picture books in the series, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly includes the song’s history, notation, and a link to a free MP3 download of the song.

Another winner collected by John M. Feierabend!

John M. Feierabend, PhD, has spent decades compiling songs and rhymes from the memories of the American people in hopes that these treasures will be preserved for future generations. He is a leading authority on child development in music and movement and served as Professor and Chair of the Music Education Department of the Hartt School of the University of Hartford.

Born and based in Wethersfield, Connecticut, Isiah Timmons is a graduate of the Hartford Art School, where he earned his BFA in illustration. As a visual storyteller, Isiah creates distinct and imaginative characters and scenes, which he brings to life through the mediums of painting and 3D animation. He is passionate about creating, innovating, and evolving his technique and visual language.

The song may be downloaded here: FREE MP3 Download - Full Performance

MP3 download instructions: Windows users right click on the link. Mac users hold down the Control key as you click the link. Then select either "Save Link As..." or "Save Target As..." and choose the location you would like to save the file on your computer.

Categories: Children/Youth, Folk Music, Picture Books

Number of Pages: 32

Format: Hardcover

Discipline: General Music