Instead of an old lady, a dragon swallows everything!
By Angie Quantrell @AngieQuantrell
There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight
By Penny Parker Klostermann
Illustrated by Ben Mantle
(Random House, 2015)
There used to be an old lady who swallowed a fly. I don’t know why, but she swallowed that fly. Kids love to read and sing this silly song.
Now we can enjoy There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight.
A dragon, not a lady. A knight, not a fly.
I love this book!
Part nursery rhyme song, part fairy tale, part humor, part adventure. This picture book has it all. Sure the knight gets swallowed (along with many other fairy tale sorts), but what happens in the dragon’s belly is quite comical.
Told in rhyme, There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight is a delightful and inventive take on the old stand-by. Never fear, the dragon does not die at the end.
Make-Believe Castle Fun
Materials: connecting blocks, horse, people figures, blue felt, dragon (or a large sock)
Make up your own story or use the items to retell There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight.
1. Build a castle with connecting blocks.
2. Choose people figures to be the knight, cook, squire, and lady. Add the horse and blue felt water.
3. Retell the story and let the dragon pretend to gobble up the other characters in the story. Or put your arm in the sock and pretend it is the dragon grabbing things to eat.
What other things could the dragon eat? Make sure he burps at the end and spits out everyone!