I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel

A family drives through the snow to visit their beloved bubbe, who spreads out a Chanukah supper for everyone to enjoy But one dish goes a little wrong I know an old lady who swallowed a dreidelA Chanukah dreidel she thought was a bagelPerhaps it s fatal Indeed, Bubbe s first bite leads to an insatiable taste for oil, latkes, applesauce, gelt even menorahs But aA family drives through the snow to visit their beloved bubbe, who spreads out a Chanukah supper for everyone to enjoy But one dish goes a little wrong I know an old lady who swallowed a dreidelA Chanukah dreidel she thought was a bagelPerhaps it s fatal Indeed, Bubbe s first bite leads to an insatiable taste for oil, latkes, applesauce, gelt even menorahs But as the family tries to distract her from her gluttony, the items she devours grow ever larger Will they be able to reconnect with her and bring her home for the last night of Chanukah or will her feasting in fact be fatal Beyond the joy of a Jewish take on this most American of folk songs, the illustrations here offer hilarious parodies of great works of art by da Vinci, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hopper, Rockwell, Matisse, Picasso, and other masters adding a whole new layer of humor and culture to the familiar tune You ll love this old lady, and want to visit her every Chanukah for years to come.
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel A family drives through the snow to visit their beloved bubbe who spreads out a Chanukah supper for everyone to enjoy But one dish goes a little wrong I know an old lady who swallowed a dreidelA Chan

  • Title: I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel
  • Author: Caryn Yacowitz David Slonim
  • ISBN: 9780439915304
  • Page: 179
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. She swallowed a dreidel she thought was a bagel . . .Then she gulped down enough goodies for a Hanukkah feast.And it wasn't even fatal!There are hundreds of books about elderly women ingesting things they shouldn't; this one is enlivened by humorous illustrations that pay tribute to master works of art.That's one hungry bubbe.

    2. Sing along to the tune of "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly" and you'll find yourself giggling before the latkes. A preface of the story of Chanukah starts us off in this delightful ditty that is illustrated with takes on famous painting. (See if you can name them all, including the artist before the glossary at the end. I missed two.) Fun!

    3. I’m not a fan of the “old-lady-swallowed-a-bunch-of-stuff” stories on account of the ick factor. I made an exception to my aversion for I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel because of the topic. It’s still a kooky premise, but at least what she’s swallowing (dreidel, brisket, latkes, gelt, menorah, etc.) is novel and appropriate for the Jewish holiday.The illustrations depart from famous art; it’s an interesting touch. The pages can be chaotic, yet by the end, it’s fun to see [...]

    4. This has nothing to do with the book, but it is for my own personal pleasure of being able to look back on this and remember it. I won this book in a giveaway a little over two years ago. I have finally found somewhere for it to go without just getting rid of it. My cousin, Byrd, who died tragically in a car accident in December, left his girlfriend pregnant with two twin girls. For her baby shower, she wanted everyone to bring books. Guess where this book went. Very glad to have had the chance [...]

    5. I was having a hard time finding a Hanukkah read aloud and decided to give this one a try. It was definitely a flop with the 5th grade class I read it to and the "perhaps it was fatal" line did not seem appropriate or funny. Still searching

    6. Title: I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel Author: Caryn YacowitzIllustrator: David Slonim Genre: Nursery Rhyme, FolktaleTheme: Jewish Experience, Songs and Rhymes, Hanukkah, Painting and SculptureOpening line/sentence: I know an old lady who swallowed a dreidel, A Chanukah dreidel she thought was a bagel Brief Book Summary: A family wants to spend Hanukkah with their grandmother, but the grandmother swallows a dreidel and things start to spiral out of control. The grandmother’s appetit [...]

    7. I have read a handful of "Old Lady Who Swallowed A…" books in the past. This one fits the pattern, but with an obvious Jewish theme. Items swallowed include a dreidel, oil, latkes, sauce, brisket, gelt, menorah, and candles.For readers of all ages who enjoy those kinds of books, then this one will prove an interesting addition. For more impatient readers who tired of the "Old Lady" books after the first or second imitation, this one is not extraordinary enough to make it a must read. At least [...]

    8. This Hanukkah-related picture book is trying too hard to be too many things. At its heart is a spoof of a nonsense song, an odd concept in itself. If you know the song "I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly," then you will know the escalation and craziness that will occur in this story, but every item in the original song is replaced by a weird version of something from the traditions of Hanukkah, from candles to latkes. Where it goes wrong is two-fold. First, the items are used in strange ways [...]

    9. I Know an Old Lady who Swallowed a Dreidel repeats the familiar folksong using Chanukah objects including a dreidel, some latkes, a brisket, some gelt, a menorah, and candles, while providing a humorous romp through classical works from the history of art. Leonardo's Mona Lisa, Wood's American Gothic, Munch's The Scream, Rembrandt's The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, Vermeer's The Milkmaid, Hopper's Nighthawks, Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans, Whistler's Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1, [...]

    10. Man, I was ready to be skeptical, because I've been burned by that lousy "There was an old lady" series out there--you know, the one that comes up with a different unfunny take on the song for each season. The one we have at work right now is There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves!, and it's exactly as wretched as you think.This book is what those books want to be: a funny, enjoyable read worth buying as a holiday gift for the child (or adult!) of your choice. The use of classic art is [...]

    11. A unique take-off of the I Know an Old Lady with some interesting changes. Begins with a graphic novel type page. Then goes into familiar I know, the illustrations are take-off of some very famous artwork. The art in the book is as much a parody as is the song. I read the book before I knew that the art was based on famous works of art but I noticed this immediately and enjoyed turning the page to see what was next. At the end there is an explanation of the illustrations. Good read aloud for art [...]

    12. Just about everyone knows about the old lady who swallowed a fly or a shell or something else odd. But in this humorous version of the cumulative tale, the little old lady is a grandmother who accidentally swallows a dreidel. In desperation she consumes increasingly larger objects, all associated with Hanukkah. Adding to the fun are the parodies of famous paintings, including Mona Lisa, American Gothic, Nighthawks, and Christina's World, among others, all featuring family members. The text will [...]

    13. I received this book at no charge via the First Reads Giveaway for the purpose of doing a review, Therefore it has no monetary value to me. This review is my opinion(s) of the book, and is in no way intended to be the final hammer of judgment.Written in the style of other There Was An Old Lady books I found this Chanukah themed book to be cute and enjoyable. This book lives up to the standards other Old Lady books of the past when it comes to rhyming but more importantly the giggle factor. Pers [...]

    14. This picture is a fun addition to the books for Hanukkah. While the story is not all that deep (think of the song about the old woman who swallowed a fly, and you basically know the plot), the illustrations make the book a riot. Illustrator David Slonim gives visual links to a number of famous paintings in each two page spread of the book which helps to entertain adult readers. It also provides a creative and engaging way to introduce middle grade children to the famous works of art that are par [...]

    15. This book is a twofer. On one hand, it's a song about a grandma who accidentally swallows a dreidel (she thought it was a bagel) and then follows the format of the Old Lady who swallowed a fly, having her swallow all manner of things related to Hanukkah. I would have been fine with THAT but this author gives us SO MUCH MORE. Each page also has the grandma inserted into some of the world's greatest pieces of art. Like on the first page, when she realizes that she swallowed a dreidel, she turns in [...]

    16. Disclosure: I won this book in a giveaway.This is a a rewrite of the story/song of the old woman who swallowed a fly. I haven't read it to my preschool grandchildren yet, but it looks like a book they would have fun discussing. How could a woman could eat such things? In addition, the illustrations are fun for adults as they are cartoon-like images based on famous paintings. You will probably recognize most of them, but if a few don't spring to mind, the illustrator has provided an end note ide [...]

    17. In this hilarious version of the traditional children's song, an old lady swallows each of the Hanukkah symbols in turn. While the writing is amusing, it is the illustrations that push this book over the top. The illustrations on each page are parodies of classic works of art including Mona Lisa, American Gothic, Starry Night, and the Thinker. A fabulously clever book to be appreciated by all ages!

    18. A Jewish twist on the tale of a hungry old lady with strange cravings also alludes to famous pieces of artwork in the acrylic, pencil, charcoal, and pen illustrations. I am super impressed with this book. The text reads well with the Jewish twist and the artwork makes this book a must see. I can't wait to share this with PreK-2!

    19. I loved this book! I will admit that I didn't catch on to the art until I saw Andrew Wyeth's Cristina's World variation then noticed the list of paintings at the back of the book. Not only has this author/illustrator duo added a clever new version to an old classic, they have also added a new purpose for the book by transforming classic art.

    20. I absolutely adore the illustrator's take on the classic works of art in each illustration! It adds an undeniable humorous component that really make this book a unique version of "I Know an Old Lady Who" I also appreciate all of the Chanukah traditions featured and will enjoy implementing this into classroom lessons during the holiday season.

    21. This was a cute version of the old classic! Some of it felt a little forced, but the illustrations (remakes of classic paintings such as Mona Lisa, American Gothic, etc.) totally make this story THAT much better! If not for the forced rhymes and all the typical things to swallow you'd expect (Dreidel, latkes, etc.), get it for the pictures!

    22. I won this book on good reads first reads. This book is amazing! My children love all of the old lady swallowed ad this has a great Jewish spin. My children and I have read it 15 times already!

    23. Way cuter than I thought it would be! Slonim's illustrations transform some classic works of art. For instance, when the old lady first realizes she swallowed a dreidel, Slonim paints her as part of "The Scream" by Edvard Munch. The language and rhymes are well thought-out. Nicely done.

    24. I loved sharing this book with my younger music students at school. It's a great way to introduce some different qualities of Chanukah and uses a song they already recognize! Also the illustrations are adorable.

    25. WON IN A GIVEAWAY!!!I actually read this to my three year old cousin. She just adored it! She laughed and read along with me while pointing out things that she liked. I ended up letting her take it home with her. :D It's a great, little read.

    26. This version is hysterical! Not only does the old lady swallow everything you need to celebrate Chanukah, each item gets larger and impossibly larger, ANDAND the illustrations are parodies of famous/sculptures in art history (details in the back matter)! So. Much. Fun.

    27. probably my favorite Hanukkah picture book; comical and quite creative with the use of famous artworks

    28. A fun version of an old lady swallowing so many things. I was most intrigued by the art pieces shared at the end that guided the illustrations

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