Two of Everythingby Lily Toy Hong
When old Mr. Haktak digs up a curious brass pot in his garden, he has no idea what use it can be. On his way home, Mr. Haktak decides to carry his coin purse in the mysterious pot. But when Mrs. Haktak’s hairpin accidentally slips into the pot and she reaches in to retrieve it, the magic of the pot is revealed. Not only are there two hairpins inside, but there are also two purses!
"A Chinese folktale with a perfect blend of humor and wisdom. Using lively yet straightforward language, Hong tells this story with an engagingly playful tone. A whimsical mix of fortune and misfortune with a distinctly Chinese flavor." School Library Journal
"Their amicable solution to the inconvenience of having doubles will make perfect sense to young children. There's a pleasing wholeness about this book that's characteristic of the best picture books; the text and illustrations combine seamlessly to present a total story. Retold with verve and gentle humor, this Chinese folktale could become a read-aloud favorite." Booklist
"A lively and entertaining offering." Kirkus Reviews
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- 5 - 8 Years
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Two of Everything
By Lily Toy Hong
ALBERT WHITMAN & CompanyCopyright © 2015 Lily Toy Hong
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Once long ago, in a humble little hut, lived Mr. Haktak and his wife, Mrs. Haktak. They were old and very poor. What little they ate came from their tiny garden.
In a lucky year when the harvest was plentiful, Mr. Haktak had a little extra to take to the village. There he traded turnips, potatoes, and other vegetables for clothing, lamp oil, and fresh seeds.
One spring morning when Mr. Haktak was digging in his garden, his shovel struck something hard. Puzzled, he dug deeper into the dark ground until he came upon an ancient pot made of brass. "How odd," said Mr. Haktak to himself. "To think that I have been digging here all these years and never camp upon this pot before! I will take it home. Maybe Mrs. Haktak can find some use for it."
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Meet the Author
Lily Toy Hong lived most of her life in Salt Lake City, Utah. She grew up in a large Chinese-American family, the seventh of nine children. She says she always knew she wanted to write and illustrate children's books. Lily is married and lives in Utah. Lily Toy Hong lived most of her life in Salt Lake City, Utah. She grew up in a large Chinese-American family, the seventh of nine children. She says she always knew she wanted to write and illustrate children's books. Lily is married and lives in Utah.
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Wanted to teach input output tables with 4th graders and this was probably better for a younger age group. But it went with a game that I had made harder- so good for introducing the idea.
I recently saw this book used in a second grade classroom as part of a math lesson on doubling. It was great! The kids were really into the story and at the end wrote their own folktales with number sentences. We had a great time and they learned a lot! I suggest this book to anyone looking to spice up a math lesson! You can use this in all sorts of ways with all sorts of follow up lessons or just as a funny book to kick back and enjoy!