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There Once Was a Cowpoke Who Swallowed an Ant
Contributor(s): Ketteman, Helen, Terry, Will (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0807578509     ISBN-13: 9780807578506
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co
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Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: March 2014
Annotation: "There once was a cowpoke who swallowed an ant—
A fiery thing with a Texas-sized sting.
The cowpoke panted, and his voice got higher.
'Yippie-ti-yay! My stomach’s on fire!!'” In this Texas-styled reworking of "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly," a cowboy downs a variety of native Southwest creatures—a spider, a roadrunner, a lizard, an armadillo, a snake, a boar, and more—all to catch that ant! Another hilarious and vividly illustrated tale from the team behind Senorita Gordita and The Three Little Gators.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Folk songs, English; England; Texts.
Folk songs; England.
Cowboys; Songs and music.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore | Adaptations
- Juvenile Fiction | Westerns
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals
Dewey: 782.42
LCCN: 2013027328
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 10.75" W x 0.50" (0.75 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 167351
Reading Level: 4.8   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Fall)
This cumulative story, told in nonsensical verse, parodies the classic song "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly." The narrative is populated with western animals, including a roadrunner, lizard, snake, "'dillo," longhorn, and horse. Young children will enjoy the comical art and the repetitive, singsongy rhymes, but they will undoubtedly be puzzled as to how the cowpoke swallows himself.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 March)

K-Gr 3—This cowboy version of the classic song is a rootin' tootin' good time. Ketteman has done an exceptional job of bringing "There Once Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly" to the Southwest, incorporating varmints like an armadillo, lizard, and longhorn to give the story a true desert, uh, flavor. The writing echoes the storytelling style of rustlers gathered round a campfire, which will make it really fun for storytime. The author also includes a twist toward the end that will absolutely delight children. Terry's artwork uses a palette of rich, warm earth tones and complements the entertaining text with charming, bug-eyed characters in slapstick action against a backdrop of cacti, sandstone formations, an outhouse, a saloon, and the cowpoke's cabin. Ketteman and Terry have lassoed the perfect combination of comedic language and art, making this new spin on an old tale worthy of a resounding "Yee-haw!"—Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR

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