There Was an Old Mermaid Who Swallowed a Shark!
There Was an Old Mermaid Who Swallowed a Shark!

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Annotation: In this adaptation of the traditional nursery rhyme, a mermaid swims through the ocean swallowing various marine animals, starting with a shark, while two children ask questions and comment on the different creatures.
Catalog Number: #152876
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Illustrator: Lee, Jared D.,
Pages: 57 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-338-12993-7 Perma-Bound: 0-605-99955-4
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-338-12993-9 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-99955-8
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2017059675
Dimensions: 23 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Colandro combines cumulative-rhyme silliness with slight undersea-creature facts in an entertaining if sometimes confusing easy reader; an appended spread provides more scientific detail ("Sharks can go through up to 30,000 teeth in their lifetime!" "Sea stars do not have a brain or blood"). Busily textured illustrations show a bespectacled, pink-skinned mermaid-of-a-certain-age eagerly swallowing the various creatures.
Kirkus Reviews
Having eaten pretty much everything on land in 13 previous versions of the classic song, Colandro's capaciously stomached oldster goes to sea.Once again the original cumulative rhyme's naturalistic aspects are dispensed with, so that not only doesn't the old lady die, but neither do any of the creatures she consumes. Instead, the titular shark "left no mark," a squid follows down the hatch to "float with the shark," a fish to "dance with the squid," an eel to "brighten the fish" (with "fluorescent light!" as a subsequent line explains), and so on—until at the end it's revealed to be all pretending anyway on a visit to an aquarium. Likewise, though Lee outfits the bespectacled binge-eater with a finny tail and the requisite bra for most of the extended episode, she regains human feet and garb at the end. In the illustrations, the old lady and one of the two children who accompany her are pink-skinned; the other has frizzy hair and an amber complexion. A set of nature notes on the featured victims and a nautical seek-and-find that will send viewers back to the earlier pictures modestly enhance this latest iteration.Series fans won't be disappointed, but young readers and listeners who know only the original ditty may find this a touch bland. (Early reader. 6-8)
School Library Journal
POPK-Gr 2 This underwater romp is at once funnier and more educational than "There was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly." The mermaid's marine diet is skillfully inserted into the old rhyme ("There was an old mermaid who swallowed a squid./That's what she did!/She swallowed a squid./She swallowed the squid to romp with the shark") and her antics are observed by a boy and girl in a boat who add commentary on the target animals' habits and features. Closing nonfiction additions complement the silliness with a paragraph each of facts about the creatures featured in the story sharks, squid, tropical fish, eels, crabs, sea stars, and clamsand a search-and-find game. Lee crams delightful cartoon details onto the undersea spreads. His zany style is reminiscent of Quentin Blake's work; its inclusion here tips a solid text into "read it again" territory. VERDICT The rare book that's perfect for at-home reads and rereads as well as for storytime. Henrietta Verma, National Information Standards Organization, Baltimore
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Horn Book (4/1/19)
Kirkus Reviews
School Library Journal (1/1/18)
Word Count: 855
Reading Level: 3.8
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.8 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 191262 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: AD430L

There was an old mermaid who swallowed a shark. I don't know why she swallowed a shark, but it left no mark!

Scholastic's bestselling Old Lady is starring in a brand-new adventure series that will make you laugh AND learn! In this new spin-off, the Old Lady turns into an Old Mermaid, travels down into the ocean, and swallows a shark . . . and a squid, and a fish, and an eel, and a crab, and a sea star, and a clam . . . Why? Well, it was fun to cram her mouth with a clam!

Two new characters lead the reader through this hilarious adventure while exchanging some awesome facts about the creatures down under for a light take on nonfiction that's perfect for this age. With expanded sea creature back matter and a search-and-find game at the end, this Old Mermaid is making quite a splash!

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