My Old Sailor story started life as an oral story, long before it was a book. I use it as the basis for a workshop and have collected the sea creatures he swallows. Particularly with younger children, the sea creatures props can be their first introduction to the animals.
Before the Old Sailor, there was the Old Lady. These photos curtesy Jackie Kerin, author and storyteller. She has her own sailor, and the Old Lady is hers as well.