What We’re Reading: The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly and More!

What We’re Reading is a blog series where we talk about the books Hampton Lutheran School teachers are reading out loud in their classrooms. Here’s what Mrs. Stutzman has been reading to her kindergarten class:

My kindergarteners have two favorite books in my classroom. They love to listen to the classic picture book The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, and they also love The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales.

book cover of there was an old lady who swallowed a fly

The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly is really good at presenting rhyming words. It is also a good example of sequencing because the order that the old lady eats all of the animals corresponds to the reasons why she ate them.

The kids love The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly because there is so much repetition when reciting all the animals being eaten. They like to go through the list aloud with me as I am reading, and they just love how silly and absurd it is to swallow all those huge animals.

book cover of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

The Stinky Cheese Man is a great book to read out loud because it is made up of parodies of all the classic fairy tales. “Little Red Riding Hood” becomes “Little Red Running Shorts.” “The Princess and the Pea” becomes “The Princess and the Bowling Ball.” These new tales make hardly a lick of sense, which is what makes them so intriguing and funny.

I love seeing the kids’ confused reactions to The Stinky Cheese Man. They like to remind me that that’s not really how the story goes.