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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

by Pam Adams

An illustrated version of the cumulative folk song in which the solution proves worse than the predicament when an old lady swallows a fly that includes die-cut pages permitting a portion of the next illustration to be seen.

Thirty-six years after publication, this much-loved classic is still as popular as ever. Ingenious die-cut holes bring this much-loved nursery rhyme to life, and Pam Adams’s illustrations lend humour and vibrancy to the proceedings. Bouncy illustrations, innovative die cutting and popular rhymes make Books with Holes a must for every child. Available in three formats, suitable for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and the nursery or classroom.

Everyone knows the song about the old lady who swallowed a fly, a spider, a bird, and even worse, but who’s ever seen what’s going on inside the old lady’s stomach? With his inventive die-cut artwork, Simms Taback, illustrator of The Road Builders gives young readers a rollicking, eye-popping version of the well-loved poem.


01 August, 1973

About Pam Adams

Pam Adams was born in 1919 in Swindon, Wiltshire. She was always drawing as a child so Swindon Art College was the natural place to begin her formal art training. In the 50s and 60s, following several years at the Central School of Art in London, she worked as a graphic artist for various advertising agencies in the city. When she returned to Swindon in the 70s she teamed up with Michael Twinn who had recently founded Child's Play. Her first book 'There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly', published in 1972, is still Child's Play bestselling title.


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