Book review, Tips

Tips to share There was an Old Lady who swallowed a Mozzie

July 31, 2017

Have a go at singing instead of reading this crazy tale! Singing a book is always lots of fun and this one, you’ll want to sing over and over again. When we sing, it slows language down for young children – which helps them to learn.

Modeled on the traditional nursery rhyme There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly, this re-imagining has a very Aussie flavour! From a teeny tiny mozzie to a gigantic croc, this old lady serves up quite the appetite swallowing lots of Australian creatures.

P. Crumble very cleverly comes up with weird, wacky and wonderful rhymes that make it enjoyable for all ages. Each page builds on the last and repeats all the things the old lady has swallowed. You and your little one will have great fun saying and remembering all the creatures in a row. Can you sing it faster and faster as you get towards the end? Can you remember the order of all the critters?

As you sing the book, try filling up your t-shirt or jumper with stuffed toys as you pretend to swallow them. For another activity,  draw some pictures together of what all the animals looked like inside her tummy.

Head to your local library for more ideas on making storytime fun.


More tips in this series

Tips to share 10 Hooting Owls by Ed Allen

Tips to share Hokey Pokey by Ed Allen and Sarah Hardy

Tips to share Tortoise and the hair by P. Crumble and Louis Shea

Tips to share The wheels on the ute go round and round by Loraine Harrison and Claire Richards

Tips to share The bear went over the mountain by Louis Shea

Tips to share There was an old bloke who swallowed a chook by P. Crumble and Louis Shea

Tips to share Tales from the Bush

Tips to share If you’re happy and you know it by P. Crumble

Tips to share 10 Silly Wombats by Ed Allen

Tips to share Hush Little Possum by P. Crumble

Tips to share: Tales From the Gum Tree