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I Know and Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel, an Illustrated Song

Posted on: December 3, 2014

This is just SUCH a FANTASTIC Illustrated Song.  It’s adorable, fun, funny, and FILLED with art references from which children can explore and get a deeply meaningful lesson in art history (see thumbnail images and links to artworks below).  It might be fun, too, to explore a little geography, if you look at a map with the children to see where you’d have to go to view each of these masterworks of art.

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old lady who swallowed a dreidel
I Know and Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel
Adaptation by Caryn Yacowitz
Illustrated by David Slonim

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Illustrator David Slonim’s webpage for this marvelous illustration:
http://www.davidslonim.com/project/i-know-an-old-lady-who-swallowed-a-dreidel/

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old lady dreidle chanukah poster slonim
OLD LADY/DREIDEL Chanukah Poster on David Slonim’s website:
http://www.davidslonim.com/i-know-an-old-lady-chanukah-poster/

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About the book on Scholastic website:
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/i-know-old-lady-who-swallowed-dreidel#cart/cleanup

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The book’s trailer on YouTube:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=frGrGzvlYos

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The pictures in THERE WAS AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A DREIDEL allude to the following masterpieces (listed in alphabetical order).  Each painting title is linked to the picture’s webpages on the museum website where it lives.

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american gothic 2
American Gothic
1930
Grand Wood
Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, IL
AMERICAN GOTHIC WIKI

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The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicoleas Tulp
1632
Rembrandt van Rijn
The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis
The Hague, Netherlands
THE ANATOMY LESSON OF DR. NICOLEAS TULP WIKI

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whistler's mother
Arrangement in Gray and Black No. 1 (Whistler’s Mother)
1871
James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Musee d’Orsay
Paris, France
WHISTLER’S MOTHER WIKI

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campbell soup cans
Campbell’s Soup Cans
1962
Andy Warhol
The Museum of Modern Art
New York, NY
CAMPBELL’S SOUP CANS WIKI

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christina's world
Christina’s World
1948
Andrew Wyeth
The Museum of Modern Art
New York, NY
CHRISTINA’S WORLD WIKI

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DANCE (1)
Dance (I)
1909
Henri Matisse
The Museum of Modern Art
New York, NY
DANCE (1) WIKI

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doctor-and-doll
Doctor and Doll

1929
Norman Rockwell
Norman Rockwell Museum
Stockbridge, MA
DOCTOR AND DOLL WIKI

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milkmaid vermeer
The Milkmaid
1660
Johannes Vermeer
Rijksmuseum
Amsterdam, Netherlands
THE MILKMAID WIKI

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mona lisa
Mona Lisa (La Giaconda)
1503-1506
Leonardo da Vinci
Musee de Louvre
Paris, France
MONA LISA WIKI

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nighthawks
Nighthawks
1942
Edward Hopper
The Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, IL
NIGHTHAWKS WIKI

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the scream
The Scream
1893
Edvard Munch
Nasjonalmuseet
Oslo, Norway
THE SCREAM WIKI

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spectrum II
Spectrum II
1966-1967
Elsworth Kelly
Saint Louis Art Museum
St. Louis, MO
Elsworth Kelly WIKI

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starry night
The Starry Night
1889
Vincent van Gogh
The Museum of Modern Art
New York, NY
THE STARRY NIGHT WIKI

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The Thinker
The Thinker

1903
August Rodin
Musee Rodin
Paris, France
THE THINKER WIKI

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thinker on a rock flanagan
Thinker on a Rock
1997
Barry Flanagan
National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
Washington, DC
THINKER ON A ROCK WIKI
I’ve included this because this sculpture, which resides in the National Gallery Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC is one of my very favorite of all works of art.  I love its whimsy and reference.  It is funny, clever and profound all at once.  I’m also including it since I was worried teachers might night appreciate my bringing in a picture of the original THE THINKER, being a naked man and all, though, the sculpture (and its copy, like the one in Philadelphia, sits right out in the open for anyone of any age or sensibility to see).  But since THINKER ON A ROCK is a great alternative, I’m including it here and will gleefully share a picture of it with children in classrooms as part of the romp through art history that this book affords.

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PAULINE GLEICHENHAUS’S NY TIMES COOKBOOK LATKE RECIPE

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Items Mentioned in the Song

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Dreidel

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Gelt

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Oil

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Latkes

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Applesauce

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Brisket

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I KNOW AN OLD WOMAN/THERE WAS AN OLD LADY  (AND VARIATIONS) IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
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