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One Potato, Two Potato

One Potato, Two Potato

Fall 2006 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Cynthia DeFelice
Illustrator: Andrea U'Ren
ISBN: 0-374-35640-8
Hardcover Price: $16.00
Starting with page one and steaming right on through the entire tale to the last delicious delightful sentence, DeFelice has the structure and rhythm of folkloric language down pat. “Mr. and Mrs. O'Grady were so poor they dug one potato from their little garden every day, called it breakfast, lunch, and supper, and considered themselves lucky to have it.” Building on folk literature's well-worn magic pot motif, DeFelice tosses in a pinch of poverty, a heaping spoonful of sweetness, a touch of tenacity, and a modicum of modernism to create a narrative with the sturdy backbone of a tall tale freshly clothed in humor and harmony. U'Ren's droll drawings—the matchstick-thin Mr. and Mrs. balanced by the plump black pot—are the perfect accompaniment to this tale that begs to be read aloud, shared, and shared again.
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard   ©2006 Parents' Choice
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard is the Coordinator of Youth Services for the Arlington Public Library system. She has taught courses on children’s and young adult literature at the Catholic University of America and the University of Virginia. She has served on both the Newbery and Caldecott Award Committees of the American Library Association and has chaired the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee and the May Hill Arbuthnot Award Committee. She is a member and past president of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington DC and has chaired the Washington Post–Book Guild Nonfiction Award Committee. She is a founding member of Capitol Choices, an organization of professionals in the field of children’s literature in the greater Washington DC area. She regularly reviews children’s literature and audio productions for a variety of national publications.

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