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Simms Taback
Simms Taback grew up in the Bronx and graduated from Cooper Union. He has worked as an art director and a graphic designer, and has taught at the School of Visual Arts and Syracause University. He has illustrated many children's books, including I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (Viking),... show more

Simms Taback grew up in the Bronx and graduated from Cooper Union. He has worked as an art director and a graphic designer, and has taught at the School of Visual Arts and Syracause University. He has illustrated many children's books, including I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (Viking), Spacy Riddles, Snakey Riddles, Buggy Riddles, and Fishy Riddles (all written by Katy Hall and lIsa Eisenberg, Dial). His work has won many awards, including the Caldecott Honor Award Medal for I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly and a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book. A father of three and grandfather of three, Mr. Taback lives with his wife in Willow, New York copyright ? 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.
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Birth date: January 01, 1932
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An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge
An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge rated it 2 months ago
I like the story (I read Phoebe Gilman's Something from Nothing earlier this year), but wasn't a huge fan of the art style.
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This is a great book to get your students to follow along and predict what will happen next. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly is about an old woman who swallows all of these "things" and the story is describing a food chain. Students love this book and find it fun and engaging. It is placed...
Dive Into a Good Book!
Dive Into a Good Book! rated it 1 year ago
Many children are already familiar with the "old lady" books. There are so many now! I am going to focus on one that delivers its own version of the original classic, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, by Lucille Colandro. The story uses rhyming text and hilarious illustrations to engage the...
Miss Gothard's Book Blog
Miss Gothard's Book Blog rated it 2 years ago
This book (and song) is about a woman who swallowed a fly, a spider, a bird, and even more. The activity I would use with this book would be in a literacy center. I would have an old woman with Velcro on her abdomen and Velcro attached to different animals. The students must place the animals in ord...
Ronyell (a.k.a Rabbitearsblog)
Ronyell (a.k.a Rabbitearsblog) rated it 2 years ago
Genre: Surreal / Humor / Chain Reaction / Food / Animals Year Published: 1997 Year Read: 2009Publisher: Viking “There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” is a silly lyrical book rewritten from a 1940s American folk poem by Simms Taback and is a Caldecott Honor Book. This book is about how an...
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