The Magic Porridge Pot

The Magic Porridge Pot

by Harriet Ziefert, Emily Bolam
     
 

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A little girl is given a magic pot. When she is hungry, it fills with porridge. When she is done eating, she tells it to stop. Then her mother tries to use the pot, but magic can do strange things if you don't know how to use it.See more details below

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A little girl is given a magic pot. When she is hungry, it fills with porridge. When she is done eating, she tells it to stop. Then her mother tries to use the pot, but magic can do strange things if you don't know how to use it.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2Straightforward retellings of classic tales, written for beginning readers. Henny-Penny is the better of the two because of its fast-paced linear plot and repetitive language. The Magic Porridge Pot, set in today's world, is more complex. The subtle differences in the right and wrong commands ("Little pot, cook" and "Cook, little pot") and lack of repetitive words and phrases require children to have better reading and comprehension skills. Though there are certainly context clues in the full-color illustrations in both books, the style is flat, and the pictures don't capitalize on the opportunity to enhance the stories. Additional purchases for libraries with large beginning-to-read collections.Gale W. Sherman, Pocatello Public Library, ID
Kirkus Reviews
With beginning readers in mind, Ziefert (The Tweeny-Tiny Woman, 1995, etc.) retells the traditional story of the magic pot that won't stop cooking in this entry in the Easy-to-Read series. This time, it is a little girl who saves her mother and the town from a flood of porridge by remembering the right combination of words to shout at the pot. Simple drawings showing a contemporary setting are only part of the recasting process this folktale has undergone. Repeated words and short lines will encourage new readers, and for that, the book is useful. It's just not much fun; the confines of the form, worked to such advantage by Minarik, Lobel, and Rylant (and Nola Buck—see review, above), make for a flat-footed telling here, and since most children know a version of the tale, there's no suspense to engage them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140381894
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Series:
Easy-to-Read, Puffin Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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