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One Potato, Two Potato

Title

One Potato, Two Potato

Illustrator

Andrea U'Ren

Publisher

Farrar Straus Giroux

Publication Year

2006

ISBN

9780374356408

Pages

32 pages

Genre

fantasy

Format

picturebook

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

This retelling of a Chinese folktale pays tribute to the author's Irish heritage, and to the joys of an old marriage, new friendships, and the impulse to share. Using pen and gouache, the artist shows the "simple" characters in all their winning complexity. A very poor, humble couple live so simple a life they share everything, until the husband discovers a pot with magical powers buried under the very last potato in the garden. Mr. and Mrs. O'Grady are so poor they have just one of everything to share - one potato a day, one chair, one blanket full of holes, and one gold coin for a rainy day. After digging up the last potato in their patch, Mr. O'Grady comes upon a big black object. It's a pot - no ordinary pot, for what they soon discover is that whatever goes into it comes out doubled! Suddenly the O'Gradys aren't destitute anymore. But what they really long for is one friend apiece. Can the magic pot give them that?

Grade Level

3-5

Topic

Family Relationships; Homelessness; homeless family

Main Character

boy and girl

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

husband and wife

Awards

Best Children's Books of the Year, 2007
Capitol Choices, 2007
Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, Supplement, 2007
Choices, 2007
Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award, 2008-2009
Nominee
Emphasis on Reading, 2007, Winner, Grades K-1
Texas Bluebonnet Award, 2009, Winner / Wanda Gag Read Aloud Book Award, 2007, Honor Book, Read Aloud Toddler to Age 8

Keywords

fairy tales; potatoes; poor; elderly; magic; pot

Diversity Impact

direct

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