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One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,000 ratings  ·  199 reviews
“A hungry snake. A beautiful brown boy. What more can a young reader ask for?”—National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson

A sneaky snake has no idea that the captives in his belly are planning their escape! In the spirit of There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback, the reader sees a cutaway of the snake’s belly and can even guess how the tale ends!

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by HarperCollins
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Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Like any children’s librarian, I like to assess each picture book that crosses by my eyeballs for readaloud potential. While every picture book (even the wordless ones) can be read aloud to a large group of children, only a select few thrive in that environment. It takes a certain magical combination of art and text to render a story readaloud-perfect. Books you can sing have a leg up. Ditto books with flaps or pull-tabs. But the nice thing about Bernstrom’s book One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucal ...more
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A boy and his whirly-twirly toy is the first thing down the throat of a hungry yellow snake. Many creatures follow as the boy urges the snake to give in to his base appetite.

I loved this book! The illustrations were incredible! They really made the story come alive. There is this sing song verse like sense to the words and it's easy for any child to pick up on the repetitions and this make all the action verbs easier to read. It wa
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Cybils finalist for best fiction picture book.
Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Entertaining Story-Time Tales / Brendan Wenzel Fans
One day in the eucalyptus, eucalyptus tree a clever little boy is swallowed by a sneaky snake, but manages to outwit his serpentine enemy by convincing him to eat too much, thereby leading to an explosive liberation for all.

An entertaining cumulative tale told in rhyme, One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree apparently came to first-time author Daniel Bernstrom while he was working as a janitor at a preschool. Whatever the inspiration, it is certainly a marvelous debut, full of (as many othe
Heather McC
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
A clever young boy tricks a greedy snake.
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: yabc-review
Reviewed for YA Books Central:

One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree is a whimsical story of a very clever boy who gets eaten by a snake.

The boy is out and about when a snake gobbles him up. The boy does not panic. Instead, he devises a plan to get himself free. That involves having the snake eat many other creatures. One by one, the snake eats creatures in the jungle near the eucalyptus tree. The boy keeps egging the snake to keep eating. Meanwhile,
Awesome for storytime: add a photo of a real Eucalyptus tree to show the kids what they are looking at!

May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sloths are found in South America and there are no apes there so, the fact that this book shows an assortment of animals that would never be found together in the wild bothered me. I realize most people don't care or notice this in this book or others like it (for example, there are MANY picture books that depict lions in the jungle which is not their normal habitat). I, however, would prefer something that doesn't encourage kids to have misinformation about animals--even from a fictional pictur ...more
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This would make for a wonderful read aloud for a kindergarten/1st grade class. Brendan Wenzel's illustrations are a treasure and further proof that he is a talent to watch. ...more
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A lot like There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, but way more fun!
Mar 20, 2017 added it
Shelves: monarch-award
Basically, a new version of Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. Would work as a flannel board or with finger puppets.
May 21, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brichell-library
After reading this book me and my 8 year old daughter actually agreed that we did not like it. I originally purchased the book for the cover and then after reading it decided that was a big mistake. In short this story is about a child that is swallowed by a snake, and as the story progress the snake swallows everything else that it can (because the boy is telling him that he can take eating one more thing). Eventually the snake swallows so many things that he PUKE up everything that he swallows ...more
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lurking inside a eucalyptus tree is a sneaky hungry snake that will eat anything in sight. He coils up a little boy with a toy and eats him. The boy tempts persuades the snake that there is room for more and more and more until he can't fit any more. Yet he tries again for one last taste and that's when he meets his end, regurgitation! This was a read along with my nephew and he was loved that I would make the sounds of grab and eat while we read. We would recommend for ages 8-11 to read. ...more
Aug 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-alena
I like Brendan Wenzel's illustration style. That's why I checked this book out for Alena. The story is pretty good too. The little boy is a smart fellow. The snake, not so much. I relate to the problem of overeating. This book could be used to help children learn that eating too much can just make you feel sick. ...more
This is an enthusiastic picture book similar in rhythm and mood to There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. The illustrations by Brendan Wenzel, who also did They All Saw a Cat, are pitch perfect while Daniel Bernstrom's lively text will make this a delightful read aloud.
Diana U
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book got my attention because it reminded me of the book series An Old Lady who Swallowed a Cow. It has colorful and funny illustrations. The snake in the story goes on to gobble up the characters in the story to the point that he bursts in the end. The book has repetition, rhythm, and sounds through out the story.
Kristen Williams
Mar 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Why is this child being attacked? Why is this story about a child being eaten this is 2017 and stories about children of color being eaten by jungle animals are not necessary. I get the whole red riding hood aspect but I'm just not here for it. I like the illustrator but just not the concept. ...more

After reading Betsy Bird's recent review of this book, I knew I had to get my hands on it and share it with my students. So I did. And I was not disappointed in the slightest. The book is a delight both textually and visually. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this text out loud, it has a great rhythm and rhyme to it with word phrases such as crinkle, wrinkle and wiggle-waggle adding vim and vigor to the reading. And of course, the word, eucalyptus as Betsy points out has a rhythm all its own, it was
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh. My. SQUEEEEE!!! This book is so fun! A cumulative story with a clever boy at the center of it all. While adults can clearly see where how the story will end, it's still enjoyable throughout. I really love the rhyme/meter, which isn't your typical ABAB rhyme scheme - it's more about the rhythm of the words. After 2 pages, I immediately started picturing all the ways one could use this in a storytime. Felt boards, acting it out, a snake sock with animals going mind is whirring away ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
The rhythm in this doesn't work perfectly, but it would be manageable in story time with some rehearsal to work out the awkward parts. The illustrations didn't appeal to me all that much, but based on the format, where creatures are eaten in succession, it would pair nicely with either I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly or Bark, George. ...more
Nancy Kotkin
Text rhymes at times, though not consistently and not in any recognizable pattern. The meter mostly works but would take some practice to read aloud fluently.

Caldecott-worthy illustrations, though it bothered me that the bulge in the snake wasn't consistently located. In some pictures the lump is near the middle or end of the snake, while in others it is right at the front near his head. I really like the end illustration, which foretells the boy's immediate future without any words.
Edward Sullivan
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A cumulative tale with a great finish, superb for reading aloud. Wonderful vibrant, whimsical illustrations.
Jul 08, 2016 added it
Shelves: picture-books
I think the snake should have exploded at the end. It would make more sense. When I sneeze, my lunch doesn't come up. Sheesh. ...more
Aug 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Too repetitive repetitive for me.
Michele Knott
Loved the illustrations. I love how Brendan Wenzel's illustrations have become so recognizable.
Great addition to the library.
Jan 15, 2017 rated it liked it
This has fun rhythm and repetition.

It reminds me (in different ways) of Kipling's story of how the whale got its throat and There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.
Rhyme and rhythm marry perfectly in this cumulative food chain story. A fantastic update to tired There Was An Old Woman books. Wentzel's art is textured and full of life and fun. ...more
Nicole Somlai
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Multicultural book entry 2:

One day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree, by Daniel Bernstrom is a fantasy fiction novel, perfect for primary age children. Fantasy fiction is a story that including elements that are impossible such as talking animals or magical powers. In this book, the animals all spoke to the little boy, which is make believe.

Text-To-Self- In this novel, the little boy is carrying a "whirly-twirly toy" around with him in the jungle. When I was a child I would carry a stuffed ani
Stephanie Croaning
One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree
Story by Daniel Bernstrom; pictures by Brandan Wenzel
Katherine Tegen Books, 2016
ISBN 978-0-06-235485-3
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 27 cm
Picture book, fiction
Interest level: PreK-grade 1; reading level: 1.4
4 out of 5 stars

This story reads like a combination of a cumulative tale--"There Was an Old Lady"--and a folktale. A boy with a "whirly-twirly toy" is skipping along in the shade of a eucalyptus tree when he is gobbled up by a giant
Kelly Green
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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