There was a bold lady who wanted a star,
I don't know why she wanted a star, it seemed too far...
In this funny, clever adaptation of the classic song "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly," Charise Mericle Harper takes readers on a wacky journey as a feisty, bold lady tries everything from skates, to a bike, to a car to reach a star. Children will love poring over all the details in Harper's magical illustrations.
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Charise Mericle Harper's illustrations have appeared in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, Outside Magazine, Village Voice, Rolling Stone, San Francisco Magazine, and the San Francisco Examiner, among others. This is her third book for children.
In this folksy revision of "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly," an auburn-haired woman in a calico dress looks out her window at a yellow, five-pointed star while her son sleeps under a patterned quilt. The lady fetches some running shoes and roller skates ("She bought the skates to replace the shoes./ She bought the shoes to catch the star./ I don't know why she wanted a star-/ it seemed too far"). She next acquires a car, a plane and a "big rocket,/ then zoomed up and caught the star in her pocket." Using all her modes of transportation in reverse order, she returns to the farmhouse and affectionately presents her son with the star "in a jar. (So it wasn't too far!)" Harper (Imaginative Inventions) populates whimsical land- and cityscapes with fanciful bugs, birds and animals. The bold lady buys a bike from a small pink squirrel, then cycles through a flowery forest; she gets a car from a speckled snake and cruises past quirky shops. For each reiteration of the sequence, Harper provides a rebus alongside her key words. Delicate stippled dots and understated spirals decorate every available surface. These attentive folk-art touches complement the spry singalong verse, while suggesting the heights that love might reach. Ages 4-8.
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Book Description Little, Brown Books for Young, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110316146730
Book Description Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0316146730 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0098012
Book Description Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0316146730