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A Big Collection “I Know an” and “There Was an” Books (give us an awful lot to sing about)

Posted on: October 15, 2012

There are many Singable Picture Books illustrating versions and parodies and knock-offs of the song “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.”

I proudly present a list of all the books I’ve found so far to illustrate this song (and adaptations of it) and a little bit about its history.

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I Know an Old Lady
Words Adapted by Rose Bonne
Music by Alan Mills
Illustrated by Abner Graboff

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Before we sing this song, we look at a notebook with images of the masterworks of art parodied by the illustrator in this delightful book!
old lady who swallowed a dreidel
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel
Adaptation by Caryn Yacowitz
Illustrated by David Slonim

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I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Nadine Bernard Westcott
Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott

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I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (Sing-Along Stories)
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Mary Ann Hoberman
Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott

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I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie

Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Alison Jackson
Illustrated by Judy Schachner

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I Know an Old Teacher
Traditional Words and Music
Words Adapted by Anne Bowen
Illustrated by Stephen Gammell

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I Know a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello

Traditional Tune
Words by Barbara Garriel
Illustrated by John O’Brien
(Sing to the tune of “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly”)

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I Know a Wee Piggy
Sing to the Traditional Tune, “I Know an Old Lady…”
Words Adapted by Kimberly Norman
Illustrated by Henry Cole

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there was an old dragon
There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight
Based on THERE WAS/I KNOW AN OLD LADY Tune
Words by Penny Parker Klostermann
Illustrated by Ben Mantle

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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat
Traditional Words and Tune
Words adapted by Lucille Colandro
Illustrated by Jared Lee

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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Lucille Colandro
Illustrated by Jared Lee

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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick

Traditional Words and Tune
Words adapted by Lucille Colandro
Illustrated by Jared Lee

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old lady swallowed a clover
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover
Traditional Tune
Words by Lucille Colandro
Illustrated by Jared Lee

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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated and designed by Jeremy Holmes
(This version is sooooooooo cool!  The old lady’s eyes shut when you turn the last page)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZlj_Yszp3U

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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated and designed by Simms Taback
(“There was an old lady…” is featured in the Scholastic Video Collection)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=altckbVlceM

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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (Classic Books with Holes)
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Pam Adams

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old lady rose
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Lucille Colandro
Illustrated by Jared Lee

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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Lucille Colandro
Illustrated by Jared Lee

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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves!

Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Lucille Colandro
Illustrated by Jared Lee

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There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Lucille Colandro
Illustrated by Jared Lee
A teacher created a terrific page of activities to accompany this book:
http://www.teachingheart.net/oldlady.html

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there was an old lady sea childs play holes
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed the Sea (Classic Books with Holes)
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Child’s Play (International) Ltd
Illustrated by Pam Adams
ISBN 9781846430732

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There Was an Old Man Who Painted the Sky by Teri Sloat: Book Cover
There Was an Old Man Who Painted the Sky
Traditional Tune
Words by Teri Sloat
Illustrated by Stefano Vitale
(Sing to the tune of “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly”)

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There Was an Old Monkey Who Swallowed a Frog
Based on THERE WAS AN OLD LADY
Words by by Jennifer Ward
Illustrated by Steve Gray

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There Was an Old Monster!

Traditional Tune
Words by Rebecca Emberley and Adrian Emberley
Illustrated by Adrian Emberley
(Sing to the tune of “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly”)

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there was an old sailor
There Was an Old Sailor
Traditional Words and Tune
Sing to the Tune of There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
Words Adapted by Claire Saxby
Illustrated by Cassandra Allen

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There Was an Old Woman
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Steven Kellogg
Illustrated by Steven Kellogg

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A bit of song history in this here wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/There_Was_an_Old_Lady_Who_Swallowed_a_Fly

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Muppet wiki about use of the song in various Muppet projects:
http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/I_Know_an_Old_Lady

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A tad more info, here:
http://www.rhymes.org.uk/there_was_an_old_lady.htm

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Do a Google Image search on “There Was an Old Lady,” “I Know an Old Woman,” (and other variations on the title) to find lots of paper and toy activities for this song

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As sung by Burl Ives

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiESiO6tLM8

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As sung by Judy Collins on the Muppet Show

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qC_xO2aN_IA

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Pete Seeger sings the song live in Australia

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxDJAykpCgI

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Simm’s Taback’s illustrations and Cindy Lauper sings

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NFoNPmi5xU

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Related Posts

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I KNOW AN OLD WOMAN/THERE WAS AN OLD LADY  (AND VARIATIONS) IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/i-know-an-and-there-was-an-awful-lots-of-things-to-sing-about/

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SPIDERS

A spider web on our front porch had me humming a few tunes…Singable Picture Books about Spiders
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/10/24/spider-web-on-our-front-porch-has-me-humming-a-few-tunes-singable-picture-books-about-spiders/

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STEVEN KELLOGG
The Singable Picture Books of Steven Kellogg
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/05/24/singable-picture-books-of-steven-kellogg/

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SIMMS TABACK

The Singable Picture Books of Author/Illustrator Simms Taback
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/01/10/the-singable-picture-books-of-simms-taback/

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SING-ALONG STORIES
A Series of SPBs of Traditional Songs Adapted by Mary Ann Hoberman and Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/05/28/singable-picture-books-of-mary-ann-hoberman-and-nadine-bernard-westcotts-sing-along-stories/

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NADINE BERNARD WESTCOTT
The Singable Picture Books of Nadine Bernard Westcott
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/05/27/singable-picture-books-of-nadine-bernard-westcott/

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MARY ANN HOBERMAN
The Singable Picture Books of Mary Ann Hoberman
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/05/25/singable-picture-books-of-mary-ann-hoberman/

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SING-ALONG STORIES
A Series of SPBs of Traditional Songs Adapted by Mary Ann Hoberman and Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/05/28/singable-picture-books-of-mary-ann-hoberman-and-nadine-bernard-westcotts-sing-along-stories/

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EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

A list of SPBs with fun and sneakily educational content.  The kids won’t even know they’re learning!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/singable-picture-books-with-sneaky-educational-content/

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CHILD’S PLAY SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
Child’s Play and their Classic Books with Holes Series = a Treasure Trove of Great Songs and Sing-Along Arrangements
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/06/14/childs-play-and-thier-classic-books-with-holes-series-a-treasure-trove-of-great-songs-and-sing-along-arrengements/

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EASTER

A list of Singable Picture Books that celebrate the Easter
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/20/singable-picture-books-for-easter/

2 Responses to "A Big Collection “I Know an” and “There Was an” Books (give us an awful lot to sing about)"

Fantastic list! Check out “There Was An Old Monster” by Rebeccas, Adrian and Ed Emberly. You’ll love it!

Yes! Thank you!! I’ve got that one in the Singable Bookshelves, but neglected to put it into the
“There Was an Old Lady” song/book list! Thank you!!

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