The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash

by Trinka Hakes Noble

Other authorsSteven Kellogg (Illustrator)
Paperback, 1980



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Scholastic Paperbacks (1980)


Jimmy's boa constrictor wreaks havoc on the class trip to a farm.

User reviews

LibraryThing member ht_storytime
[VIDEO] Eh. It's kind of a funny story, but the video is rather short, and very little of it has to do with Jimmy's boa eating the wash.
LibraryThing member kirkonly
The Day Jimmy’s Boa ate the Wash is about a school field trip to a farm. All is well until Jimmy’s Boa gets loose and starts causing chaos. A fun filled book that everyone will love.

As a reader I found the book interesting. It is a book that has two stories going on at once. You have the actual
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story that is being told with words, but the other story is with the chickens in the illustrations. They are always doing some thing different to someone or something. The book is well illustrated and helps with the humor of the story.

As a teacher thought that this book would be a great read aloud book. I perfect book to get your kids laughing and going in the morning. It is a pretty basic book, but overall I believe that people of all ages will LOVE this book.
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LibraryThing member conuly
This is the classic story where a girl comes home from a school trip and tells her mother what happened - but backwards and forwards in that roundabout way kids have, skipping half the details. Her mother has to try to fill in the gaps that way.

The illustrations are a riot. This one is definitely a
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LibraryThing member Lakapp
“The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash” written by Trinka Hakes Noble is a humorous story that is great for children. In the story, a little girl had just returned home from here class trip to the farm, and her mother asked about her day. Several crazy events had occurred during the day; a
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haystack fell on a cow, a farmer crashed his tractor, and the pigs climbed into the school bus and ate the student’s lunches. One student, Jimmy, brought his boa constrictor to the farm which caused most of the crazy events to happen. This is an exciting tale that students will love. I would read this story to Kindergarten to Third grade students.
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LibraryThing member kjburkhalter
A little girl retells the story of her field trip to the farm. She claims it was boring, but her mother soon finds out it was very eventful. She starts at the end of the field trip and then follows the sequence of events backwards. She tells how Jimmy's boa made the trip chaotic. At the end of the
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trip, Jimmy loses the boa, but he gains a new pet pig.
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LibraryThing member LaRisaNelson
This is a story about a girl telling her mom all about a class field trip that went wile due to another student's, Jimmy's, pet boa constrictor. It was a haphazard account and the mother sort of struggles to understand exactly what had happened on the eventful field trip.

I loved this book because
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it is so true to the way children give acconts of events that take place in their lives. It is a really funny and entertaining book that any child would love. I think Ill get it for my home library.

As an extention I would have the students take a field trip of their own to the farm and talk about the book and Jimmy's pet boa every chance I got.
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LibraryThing member brekimlov
The Day Jimmy's Boa ate the Wash by Trinka Hakes is a great book about a class trip that goes haywire because of a boa constrictor. The book is told through the eyes of one of the students that is relaying the tell to her mother. The illustrations in this book are the main focus. This book is a
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classic and has been around for years.

I remember first seeing this book on Reading Rainbow many years ago. This a timeless book that I read to my kids over and over again.

This is a great book for children in second grade that maybe need to brush up on their reading skills after summer vacation. I would suggest using this book when talking about farm animals.
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LibraryThing member JWong
"The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash", by Trinka Hakes Noble is a story of what happened when Jimmy takes his boa constrictor on his class field trip to the farm, and is told through the eyes of a fellow classmate.

The story begins at the end and works its way to the begining! The field trip and is
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told in backward sequences of end results of previous circumstances, The story starts at the end of the field trip when a classmate reaches home and is asked by her mom how her field trip went, and works backward through chain reactions of cause and effects until the it reaches beginning of the field trip where it is evident the Jimmy's boa was the original cause and catalyst to the turmoil on the fram.

This type of storytelling is expertly written to close any gaps in the story when working backwards. The illustrations work in conjuction to the storyline and are actively drawn to advance the story and to give some suggestive subplot details. I thoroughly enjoyed the details in the drawings. A fun and somewhat contemplative read for me. This is a Reading Rainbow book.
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LibraryThing member rachel0217
This was a wonderful book to teach children about sequence of events. They really enjoyed this book becuase they had to pay attention to the details because they had to rememeber the events.
LibraryThing member clhildreth
This is a great book to read as a read aloud to young elementary students. They find this book very amusing and funny.
LibraryThing member DanielleSt
As the main character slowly reveals the details of the class fieldtrip to the farm to his mother, he realizes it wasn't as dull as he initally thought! After a whole chain of events including an egg fight, a farmer's wife's tantrum, and an exchange of pets, the boy realizes a lot more happened
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than he thought!
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LibraryThing member fvalle89
Steven Kellogg was chosen as a mentor author. He could be used as a mentor illustrator too! His drawings are wonderful and very detailed. He tells his stories in a way that the reader gets involved with the characters, which usually involve animals, and in well developed stories.
LibraryThing member dangerlibearian
A good cause and effect book- a class trip to the farm goes awry.
LibraryThing member givingtree1
A ridiculous tale of animals and mayhem.
LibraryThing member jcofsky
This hysterical story begins with a little girl telling her mom about the series of events that happened on her class trip to the farm that day. A kid Jimmy brought his boa-constrictor which caused a little trouble leading to crazy things at the farm such as a girl in their class, Jenny, got an egg
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laid on her egg by a hen. Then, their teacher Mrs. Stanley made everyone rush onto the bus, leaving the boa-constrictor behind. But, instead of going home with his reptile pet, Jimmy ended up with a pet pig.
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LibraryThing member jnicklas
This book was a book that I used to sit down and read often with my mother. There are rhymes and silliness that any child would enjoy.
LibraryThing member schroem
In this creative picture book a young girl tells her mom of her very interesting class trip to the farm. It was very entertaining and young students would laugh at how crazy and unrealistic it is. Written for third graders, this book would teach students chronological order and the cause and effect
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factor of events.
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LibraryThing member AmyLu
Jimmy brings his pet boa constrictor on the class field trip to the farm. The chickens get frightened, which sets off a chain reaction that causes the pigs to get on the bus, the farmer to tip a haystack on the cow, and the farmer’s wife to scream. After everyone is piled back on the bus, they
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realize that Jimmy left his boa behind, but it’s ok because now he has a pet pig, and the farmers ended up with a pet boa constrictor.
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LibraryThing member AlyshaKnandel
This book s about a snake that causes many different problems and eats the laundry.
LibraryThing member LinneaWarner
This story is about a little girl telling her mother of all the adventures and mishaps that happened during her class field trip. I like this book because I like snakes and the book engaged me by its humor. This book would be appropriate for grades PreK -1.
LibraryThing member jnd017
This book is a great book for children. It is about a field trip gone wrong. The little girl tells her mom about the day which shows a lot of dialogue. I used this book to show expression because all the different uses of it and punctuation. It is also a good book to show cause and effect.
LibraryThing member dukefan86
This is one of the first Steven Kellog-illustrated books I read, and it's still cute as ever! Love the color and details of the illustrations, and the story is a fun one. Since children can relate to animals and field trips, there's something for everyone.

When Steven Kellogg did a reading and book
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signing in Greensboro, I bought a copy of this one for my home shelves, and got it signed. It's a keeper.
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LibraryThing member taylorspradlin
This book is presented by a child answering her mother’s question, “How was your class trip to the farm?” The daughter goes into detail about her crazy trip, yet acting like it was not a big deal that all this crazy stuff was happening. For example, her class did not lunch that day
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because the pigs got on their school bus and ate them! That happened because of Jimmy’s Boa, who went into the hen house and caused madness, involving an egg fight, which then led to a “pig food” fight, leaving the pig no choice to eat the kid’s lunches!
Personal Reaction:
I personally remember telling my parents my day at school the same way this girl did, acting like something crazy was no big deal. This book really captured my attention with the story line but mostly the pictures were fun to look at as I read the book. I think because of the great illustrations that it would hold kid’s attention.
Classroom Extensions
1. This book would give a good opportunity for an art project. For example, have your class draw an animal, besides a boa, that would be crazy to bring on a class trip!
2. I also think this would be a fun book to read before a class trip, and then discuss how they (students) are supposed to act during a class outing. (No food fights)
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LibraryThing member HillBrandon
This book was one of my childhood favorites. It taught me about many animals and made me laugh. The pictures in it are hilarious, especially the one where the girl gets hit in the face with an egg.
LibraryThing member carissaburks
This book is cute and kids will surely get a kick out of it. It's a story about a girl who comes home from her class field trip to the farm and her mom is asking her questions about how it went. In true child fashion she answers with one sentences answers that lead to more questions. The story is
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told slightly backwards as it tends to happen in real life with kids before stringing the events together.

It is cute and the illustrations are very well done. The book can be used in multiple ways with kids; such as cause and effect, story telling, how to tell stories in unique ways, or talking about pets. However, it is a great book for pleasure as well.

The book is good for beginning readers or kids of any age who enjoy a fairly quick read, colorful illustrations, and boa constrictors that eat the wash!
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