There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Bugs by Johnette Downing


There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Bugs by Johnette Downing

Ages 5 to 8 years. There was an old lady who swallowed a fly ...Young readers will love hearing about the fly and all the other creepy-crawly bugs the old lady gulps down in this fanciful feast. With a taste for slugs, the old lady enjoys a poached roach, a squirmy worm, a wiggly spider, and more during the course of the tale. And a surprise ending reveals that this isn't just any old lady. Accompanied by Johnette Downing's signature colorful collage illustrations, this good and gross tale pops off the page with its fun, musical language and whimsical look at the insect food chain.


As an enthusiast of fractured tales and a big fan of Johnettes songs and stories, I give Johnettes new book a big ten thumbs up. Her funny and surprising version gives a new twist to an old favorite. It is kidtastic! Read it. Ann L. Davis, head of childrens services, Napa City-County Library, Napa, California Johnette Downing knows the childs mind and the childs heart deeply. Her reshaping of the classic tale and her striking illustrations are documentation of her brilliant visitations into those places where the childs imagination resides. Darrell Bourque, Louisiana poet laureate 2009-2011

About the Author

Johnette Downing writes child-centered, thought-provoking, family-friendly, entertaining, and educational music, books, and poetry with Louisiana spice. She has produced seven CDs of original music for children, and she is the published author of poetry, articles, and sixteen childrens books. She had the good fortune to be born into the gumbo of Louisiana, with its mix of cultures and music, so her primary musical influences and inspirations are Dixieland jazz, Cajun, Creole, and zydeco music. Among her many accolades are eight Parents Choice Awards, two Parents Guide to Childrens Media Awards, five National Parenting Publications Awards, four iParenting Media Awards, a Family Choice Award, and three Family Review Center Awards. She was named one of Thirty People to Watch in 2000 and one of the 2014 Top Female Achievers by New Orleans Magazine and is listed on the Louisiana Artist Roster, the Louisiana Touring Directory, and the Southern Artistry Registry. Downing travels internationally to conduct interactive performances for children, teaching them about the rich cultural and musical heritage of Louisiana, and to conduct educator workshops about how to use music in the classroom. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in theatre from Southeastern Louisiana University and taught early-childhood music classes at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans for thirteen years. When shes not touring the globe performing and teaching children about music and books, Downing lives i

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32 pages
Interest Age: 3 - 7


Johnette Downing
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Pelican Publishing Co

Publication date

30th November 2010



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