Potatoes, Potatoes

Potatoes, Potatoes

by Anita Lobel
     
 

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There was once an old woman who had a potato farm and two hardworking, loving sons. But one day one son ran away to the army of the east; the other son joined the army of the west.

Caldecott Honor artist Anita Lobel tells a powerful story of two brothers who become enemies at war, and their wise mother whose cleverness turns fighting into peace.

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There was once an old woman who had a potato farm and two hardworking, loving sons. But one day one son ran away to the army of the east; the other son joined the army of the west.

Caldecott Honor artist Anita Lobel tells a powerful story of two brothers who become enemies at war, and their wise mother whose cleverness turns fighting into peace.

A new, full-color edition of the timely and timeless tale Potatoes, Potatoes.

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Anita Lobel's eerily topical Potatoes, Potatoes, originally published in 1967, centers on a mother living in a valley between two warring nations, who walls in her home to protect her two sons, and who grows potatoes. When her sons leave as young men, to join the opposing armies, she ultimately brings about peace, as the soldiers shout, "Hurrah for potatoes and hurrah for mothers!" (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
In this reissue of a 1967 picture book, a mother living between two warring countries has walled in her home and potato garden and has kept her two sons out of the fray. However, when the two armies battle right outside her wall, both young men are taken with the excitement, the colorful uniforms, and the shiny medals and swords and leave home. One joins the army of the east and the other joins the army of the west. Both do well at soldiering and each become a leader. Over time, they learn of the many hardships of war and, when short of food for their troops, each leads his army to their mother's potato farm. Of course, their armies face each other in a battle over the potatoes; but the ensuing destruction causes them to realize the error of their ways and stop the fighting. All realize the values of family and peace and return to their homes. The story is well told and its lesson is timeless and certainly appropriate today. Lobel's original illustrations have been enhanced by full-color and give the book an updated look. They will help draw an audience to this well-done folktale. 2004 (orig. 1967), HarperCollins, Ages 6 to 10.
—Peg Glisson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060239282
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/01/1967
Pages:
40

Meet the Author

Anita Lobel's name is synonymous with the best in children's literature. She is the creator of such classics as Alison's Zinnia and Away from Home, and she received a Caldecott Honor for her illustrations in On Market Street. She is the creator of two books about her cat, Nini, One Lighthouse, One Moon (a New York Times Best Illustrated Book), and Nini Here and There. Her childhood memoir, No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Anita Lobel lives in New York City.

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