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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
FSG Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 978037435640832 Pages, Ages 4-8
Barnes & Noble
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.
Alabama Children's Choice Book Award, Texas Bluebonnet Award, Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award ML, Missouri Show-Me Readers Award ML, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Missouri Show-Me Readers Award Master List, South Carolina Children's Book Award ML, Alabama Emphasis on Reading Award, South Carolina Children's Book Award Master List, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award Master List, Parents' Choice Award Winner