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?
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.
One Potato, Two Potato is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
|Publisher:||Farrar, Straus and Giroux|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||10.33(w) x 10.36(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Lexile:||AD810L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Cynthia DeFelice is the author of many bestselling middle-grade novels and picture books, including Casey in the Bath and Old Granny and the Bean Thief. Her books have been nominated for an Edgar Allen Poe Award and listed as American Library Association Notable Children's Books and Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, among numerous other honors. She lives in upstate New York.
Andrea U'ren is the creator of Pugdog and Mary Smith, for which she received an IRA Children's Book Award. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
One Potato, Two potato is a story about a couple that is really poor and lives off the small piece of land that they own only eating potatoes that they grow in their little garden. When Mr. O’Grady looks for one more potato, he comes across a magic pot that doubles anything that they put into it. It is a story about love, hope and magic. A sweet tale that let’s you believe that anything can happen in this world and that is good for anyone to read and should be read to young students.
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