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Illustrated in color. A fly went by, followed by a frog, who's chased by a cat, who's chased by a dog and a host of other frantic characters, in a humorous cumulative tale....

Title : A Fly Went By
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ISBN : 9780394800035
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 65 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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A Fly Went By Reviews

  • Patrick
    2019-02-17 05:17

    I just read this book with my oldest boy, age 5. I'd read it long ago, and enjoyed it well enough. But today was an entirely different experience, because today we read this book together. I actually found him sitting in the stairwell flipping through the book on his own. He does this sometimes, when Sarah and I are busy. I love that he loves books. And I love that he looks through them even when he can't make out all the words by himself. So what makes this a good kid's book? 1. It's a long book. I read a lot of kid's books these days. And I find it kinda disheartening when I pick up one that's only 16 pages long. Don't get me wrong. That might be perfect for holding the attention span of a 1 year old, but if you want your kids to be able to concentrate for longer than the span of a superbowl commercial, you might want to consider reading them longer books. What's more, it's simply not very much bang for your buck.Also, what would you rather do? Read a 16 page book to a kid 10 times. Or read a 50 page book twice. (Hint, you want the second option.) 2. There is a lot of good word and letter repetition. For kids that are learning to read, this is key. Once they learn to read the word "They" they'll get plenty of chance to practice it. There's a bunch of similar words with the silent "e." (Make. Came. Take.) And words with the "ea" letter combination. (Fear. Near.) And some tricky but very common words that are almost impossible to sound out. (Would Should Could.)3. Most importantly. The book is fun. It's got animals and misunderstandings. Surprises. Good illustrations. The action is easy to follow.So yeah. There's a lot of good reasons that this one's a classic. It's well worth your time and money if you're in the market for a kid's book.

  • Renée Paule
    2019-02-17 05:22

    Lovely little book with lots for children to think about!

  • Calista
    2019-02-10 00:02

    From 1958. Sweet simple pictures with a funny comedy of errors that this little boy unravels. The kids enjoyed this one too. I'm so glad they like these classic books along with the new ones. It's fun to see all these stories again and see them passed down one more generation. Still a pleasing bedtime story.

  • Alexa Vanmeighem
    2019-02-08 01:59

    This rhyming story is about a fly who goes on a long adventure. On his adventure he is followed by many different characters. Each character continues to follow the fly. One day a boy asks the fly where he is off to and the chase begins. Many different animals begin to be involved with the chase. After a while, everyone involved wants to find out who is in the back of the chase. This book is fun because it is a silly story and children will be able to practice their use of rhyme and figurative language while reading this story book. This was not one of my favorite children picture books that I have read. I felt as though the story was a little repetitive and boring at times. This book did not capture my attention as much as other rhyming books I have read. I do not think I would read this book again.

  • Charlotte
    2019-02-13 08:09

    This book was a favorite of mine when I was a kid. It lived at my Nana's house, and I read it and "Put Me in the Zoo" and "The Cat in the Hat Comes Back" every time we visited. I remember looking for it on at one point, but I believe it was out of print. I was superpsyched to get it for Charlotte, even though it's kind of old fashioned and violent compared to what early readers get these days. When Charlotte was tiny, I could read it to her and she liked the rhythm. Nowadays she doesn't want me to read it to her - she'd rather look through it by herself and list all the animals on the pages.

  • Lisa Vegan
    2019-02-15 07:54

    One of my very favorite books when I was an early reader. One of the rare ones that I didn’t find at all boring. I enjoyed having it read to me as well.

  • Dolly
    2019-02-13 06:57

    This is a fun story that builds upon itself and leads to a funny conclusion. It's a good book for beginning readers, with lots of simple words and a repetitive narrative, but I will caution that it is pretty long. Our youngest did a great job reading it, but she got tired about halfway through, so I took over. It's a fun book to read aloud.

  • April Scheivelhud
    2019-02-02 04:55

    This is a classic story of cause and effect. A little boy is relaxing by the lakeside, but all of a sudden a fly went by. The fly was chasing an animal that was chasing another animal, and so on. There is a lot of rhyming and repetition in this story. Very fun story.

  • Karen
    2019-02-21 23:57

    This is one of my daughter's favorites. We get it from the library time and again!

  • Gabi
    2019-01-28 08:11

    Gregg, you got ur story from this! OMG!

  • Kapra McMichael
    2019-02-19 03:53

    -A book about animals being chased by other animals of larger size-A good rhyming book

  • Daniela Carroll
    2019-02-02 23:58

    This book was one of my favorites as a child and was passed down to me by my father. The book follows a boy who encounters a fly who is going by in a rush. This particular fly is being followed by a frog and the frog is being followed and so on and so forth up until there is a sheep with its foot stuck in a can. I would use this book in my classroom to show series of events. The students would have to recall what came first, second, and so on. I enjoyed the book because its bright and has an element of mystery of what is causing the whole chase in the first place with a surprise at the end. I would use this book with student of the first or second grade because it is a bit of a long book and they would have the ability to sit through the book and the lesson.

  • Rachel Hutsell
    2019-02-04 00:04

    Genre: Modern FantasyGrade: Early Primary / PrimaryThis was one of my favorite books growing up! Every time I went to the library I would renew it, bring it home, and read it over and over again. The story is full of chasing, mystery, and a lot of rhyming and sequencing. This is such a fun book that gets kids excited about reading. This is the book I remember getting me excited to read. It is a simple and easy story, so that makes it great to build confidence in children. I recommend this book!

  • Luisa Knight
    2019-01-26 07:54

    If you haven't heard of this book, I feel incredibly sorry for you. If you've seen this book but never picked it up and read it, ... I don't know what to say. That was a very lame decision. I'll try to forgive you. Now that you know better, please be sure to add this to your kid's reading list. This week. Pictures are oh so fun too!An absolute favorite from my childhood. (Happy, nostalgic sigh)Reading Level: 1st - 2nd grades

  • Melki
    2019-01-31 07:10

    Someone must have read this to me at some point during my childhood, but I honestly don't remember it. This book features a merry chase starting with the world's cutest fly.I honestly had no idea how it was all going to end!

  • Janae' Hosley
    2019-01-28 00:07

    A Fly Went By is about a young boy whose peaceful daydream is interrupted by a pesky fly who is fleeing from a frog. The boy tells the frog that he mustn't chase the fly because the fly then zooms by him. The frog responded by saying he was only fleeing from a cat. Each animal claims that its running from something else. When the last animal is a man, he claims he is running from a Monster! This helps child expand there minds to myths/fairytales characters. I love this book.

  • Sadia Mansoor
    2019-01-31 02:56

    I love the book, the cute illustrations & the adorable boy ^_^ Love how everything was rhyming perfectly & the suspense was going smoothly :) Have a look & enjoy this book. Oh... Did it rhyme too? ;)You see..I am so much influenced by Dr. Seuss by now. He & his rhyming books are superb! :)

  • Ashlin Edmisten
    2019-01-28 08:19

    This predictive/repetitive rhyming book is great for early readers, or those who are on the verge of reading. The rhyme scheme builds literacy skills, but it is likely too long for a young toddler. If I were cataloging this book, I would catalog it as an early reader rather than an easy/picture book.

  • Erica Fresquez Nava
    2019-02-21 03:55

    My children and I really enjoyed this book. Each bug/animal is being chased by another and my children enjoyed guessing what was chasing each one. It's a beginner book so it was perfect for my new reader it allowed her to practice some sight words.

  • Anthony
    2019-02-17 04:19

    A rhyming story with a focus on perceived and unknown fears, which until one finds out what is the true source will continue unless rooted out.

  • Courtney Tash
    2019-02-10 06:59

    To see what the book is about you should read it first and see what is it about

  • Leigh
    2019-02-20 08:11

    It's a cute read...

  • Lucille
    2019-01-24 05:11

    I remember this one as a child, but was totally shocked by the use of "kill". My son is 3 and my daughter 1, so I went with "get" instead.

  • Olivia Bretting
    2019-02-03 02:08

    A fly went by is a great picture book for students because it uses many animals. It is also very repetitive and this will help keep the attention of young readers. I would use this book to teach students about assumptions.

  • Alesha Palmer
    2019-01-26 08:05

    There once was a boy on a lake in a boat. He sees a fly go by and a frog. He was a very curious boy. He wanted to why so many animals were chasing each other. He was determined to make them stop chasing each other. Next thing he knows, a pig was chasing the dog was chasing the cat chasing the frog who ran from the fly. On and on there were more animals chasing each other and the boy continued to understand why they were all chasing each other. They travel faster and faster to get away from each other. The animal that was behind the whole thing was a limb with it foot stuck in a tale. In the end, all of the animals were no longer scared of others chasing them. The reiteration of the animals chasing each other allows the reader to completely understand what is happening in the story. It makes the reader anticipate what the book will say next. For this reason, it is a great book to read aloud to children. It can create strong connection of identifying words that they know the meaning of. The illustration created motion in the way they it was depicted on each page. Often animals would run to the next page and the reader could only see a little part of it. This creates excitement to the reader. As a reader I couldn’t wait to turn the page to find out what was going to happen next. The bright colors make the reader feel excited and joyful. The plot of the story was very similar to other stories. It remained me on the old women who swallowed a fly. This repetitive events can make reading this seem boring at the same time, but it gives the reader a lot of ideas to reflect on. Most children will get to understand the sound that the animals make or things about them when reading a book about animals.

  • Jenna Kennedy
    2019-02-02 03:56

    The boy saw a fly go by, oh dear! The little boy asks the fly that flew by why he was so fearful, and he shook saying there was a frog coming after him. So the boy asks the hopping frog why he is after the fly. He replies, “I am no after the fly” and continues to hop away, seeing that there is a cat chasing him. When the little boy in his bright red shirt stops the cat at a halt he questions him about why he is chasing the frog. The mystery of who is chasing who, and the reason why everyone is in such a fearful hurry is being investigated by the little boy. Little does he know, the animals he counts as guilty aren’t the ones who are actually at fault. Will he ever solve the mystery?The diagonal lines drawn by the illustrator bring dimension running motion of the chaotic animals. The circular shapes bring a feeling of endlessness, which reflect the words of the boy as he tried to solve the mystery, but can’t seem to find and end to the madness. As a readers flips the pages, one’s eyes easily follow the chase as the animals run right off the full spread illustration and to the following page. The overall feeling of the story bring disorder and confusion to the reader, as they trudge along with the little boy to solve the big mystery. The theme of perseverance is shown through the character of the little boy, seeing that he never gives up on getting his questions answered no matter what it takes. The closure at the end of the story bring it to a complete end and satisfaction of both the characters and the reader. Children would likely feel empowered to go out and solve their own mysteries, weather big or small.

  • Robert J
    2019-01-23 06:07

    A Fly Went By was published in 1958 the year I was born. As I started to read it all came back to me. I remember reading it as a young child. Like a good friend that you may not have seen for a while a good book has a way of bringing back such great memories when your paths cross again. And so it was for me with this book. I found myself trying to remember which animal was coming next in the long succession of unintended consequences. The illustrations are also very humorous with the facial expressions of all involved shown quite expressively. I loved this book as a child and as a grown man I love it still. P.S. There is a note in the book about the writer Mike McClintock. As an editor he discovered Dr. Seuss and brought out Mulberry Street and The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins. That was in 1937 and 21 years later in 1958 Dr. Seuss returned the favor "discovering Mike McClintock as a Beginner Books author."

  • Dave Lester
    2019-02-10 04:16

    My parents have told me that this was my favorite book as a kid. Apparently, I used to make them read 'A Fly Went By' by Mike McClintock multiple times in one sitting. My parents have now passed the book down to my daughter and I read this to her now.'I sat by the lake, I looked at the sky, and as I looked a fly went by.' So begins a story of humor, absurdity (in a good way) and fun. The fly is being chased and the frog that is chasing the fly is being chased by a succession of animals going all the way back to a man with a gun. Thematically, this story is about how irrational fear can be and that the things we area afraid of are often just grave misunderstandings.I love the simple art of this book, the rhymes, the comic quality of the plot and how my daughter loves this book now too.

  • Sakeena88
    2019-02-17 04:55

    I've stumbled upon this book review and flashed back my childhood memory along with other books (which i've forgotten the titles) Could anyone point out the title of a book about flying car adventure (most probably from the series) I wonder where were they since we couldn't find them (as we moved a lot!) Do offer me if you've extra copies from the beginner series of Dr Seuss as I'd love to keep it for my dd (+ next gen perhaps? Even I once thought The Cat in the Hat was the weirdest creature on earth) Now dh and I value the eccentric characters by Dr. Seuss.

  • David Ward
    2019-02-08 00:08

    A Fly Went By by Mike McClintock (Beginner Books 1958)(Fiction - Children's). "I sat by the lake and looked at the sky, and as I looked a fly went by" is the opening to one of the best kid's books of all time. I adored it, my kids adored it, and I hope to read it to grandchildren one day. The fly is chased by a frog, the frog is chased by a cat, the cat is chased by a dog, the dog is chased by a pig, and on and on. But nobody seems to know why they are chasing or being chased! It's the kind of suspense that appeals to little ones. Do yourself and your kids a favor and go find a copy today! My rating: 10/10, finished 1960.