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Board Book Reminiscent of the Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly With Dragon That Swallows an Entire Kingdom

Updated on February 17, 2020
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Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

Hilarious Version of the Swallowed-Fly Collection

Hilarious version of the swallowed-fly stories with dragon and a knight
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Read Along to See What the Dragon Swallows

Everyone loves the story of the old lady who swallowed the fly. Penny Parker Klostermann's There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight is a hilarious new version now available in a board book for the little ones to enjoy. Rhymes, amusing characters, and the idea that the dragon could actually swallow the entire kingdom will engage young children in the story. The knight is the first to be swallowed when the dragon arrives inside the kingdom. What comes after the knight? The dragon continues on his way through the kingdom and nothing is safe. Even the cook with a cookbook is swallowed. There is a rhyming reason for each character that is swallowed. The text is written in the same genre as the other books in the swallowed-fly collection. Young readers will want to count as the story continues to see how many characters have been swallowed. The hilarious ending when the burps begin will have young readers laughing as each funny character is burped out by the dragon.

Ben Mantle contributes his talents as an illustrator with beautifully colored illustrations. The illustrations are featured in bright colors to appeal to young children. Parents will want to add this version to their child's bookshelf. The sturdy board book form makes it easy for little hands to hold and to turn the pages by themselves when they want to practice reading the story. Young children will quickly memorize the story and will be able to read for themselves.

There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight was published by Random House Children's Books and is recommended for ages 0-4. It has an ISBN of 978-1-9848-9242-3.


Brightly Colored Illustrations Tell the Story


Bring the Dragon Into Your Early Childhood Classroom

I taught in several preschool and toddler classrooms for the years when I was in the classroom. I also used board bookw when I worked in the infant rooms in childcare centers. Board books are a great item to place on low shelves in the classrooms for the little ones. Board books are sturdy and can even survive teeth when the little ones decide to taste them. Board books are easily carried around by the little ones when they are introduced to books and begin to enjoy reading.

*Read There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight in your story time session. It is also a special book to choose when you are reading to individual children.

*Call attention to the huge dragon. Introduce the word "knight" as a new vocabulary word along with the word "dragon".

*Take the opportunity for children to participate in reading when the steed "clippity clops". Have the children imitate the repetition of the "clippity, clop, clippity, clop."

*Emphasize the ryhmes in the text. Engage the children in a clapping game when they begin to learn and hear the rhyming words.

*Each word that names a character is printed in dark print. Call attention to these special words as you read along. Pointing to words when reading offers the opportunity for children to learn the concept that the printed text corresponds to language.

*Keep a written list of the characters as they are swallowed. Writing the characters offers the opportunity for children to learn the concept that writing corresponds to language and reading.

*Engage the children in a counting activity to count the characters that the dragon swallows. Learning to count is a skill for pre-math concepts.

*Offer an art activity for children to draw the story as they remember it. Sequencing is a skill that is part of an early childhood curriculum. What did the dragon swallow first? Second? Third? I used this activity in my preschool and kindergarten classrooms. Webbing the story in sequence by providing a central circle in connecting circles on a piece of large drawing paper is an activity that young children enjoy. Draw the dragon inside the central circle and each character is drawn in each connecting circle.

*Take a class poll for children to choose their favorite character from the story.

© 2020 Cindy Hewitt


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