What happened to the old lady who swallowed a cow?

For some uncanny reason, many children’s books feature cows, even with no farm around. Today’s featured book is actually inspired from an American folkore poem that was first heard in the 1940s. It’s still very popular today and has been illustrated in a few children’s books. Our favorite is Simms Taback’s super colorful version of “There was an old lady who swallowed a fly“, which received a Caldecott Honor.

>There was an old lady who swallowed a fly, by Simms Taback

There was an old lady who swallowed a fly, by Simms Taback

Through the book, the old lady will swallow a fly, a spider, a bird, a cat, a dog, and then a cow. Here’s the poor cow, about to be swallowed.

The cow, about to be swallowed by the old lady

The cow, about to be swallowed by the old lady

And here it is, swallowed!

There was an old lady who swallowed a cow

There was an old lady who swallowed a cow

Now, do you remember what the old lady does after swallowing the cow? She swallows a horse, and then… she dies!

The book ends with the moral of the story – “Never swallow a horse”. Honestly, I think the moral should be: “After you’ve swallowed a cow, put down that fork. You’ve had enough to eat”.

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