One Potato, Two Potato

One Potato, Two Potato

Cynthia C. DeFelice Andrea U'Ren / Dec 06, 2019

One Potato Two Potato 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 t

  • Title: One Potato, Two Potato
  • Author: Cynthia C. DeFelice Andrea U'Ren
  • ISBN: 9780374356408
  • Page: 230
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 SuddenlyMr 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 any 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.

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      • Cynthia C. DeFelice Andrea U'Ren

        Cynthia DeFelice is the author of many bestselling titles for young readers, including the novels Wild Life, The Ghost of Cutler Creek, Signal, and The Missing Manatee, as well as the picture books, One Potato, Two Potato, and Casey in the Bath 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.Cynthia was born in Philadelphia in 1951 As a child, she was always reading Summer vacations began with a trip to the bookstore, where she and her sister and brothers were allowed to pick out books for their summer reading To me, she says, those trips to the bookstore were even better than the rare occasions when we were given a quarter and turned loose at the penny candy store on the boardwalk Cynthia has worked as a bookseller, a barn painter, a storyteller, and a school librarian.When asked what she loves best about being an author, she can t pick just one answer I love the feeling of being caught up in the lives of the characters I am writing about I enjoy the challenge of trying to write as honestly as I can, and I find enormous satisfaction in hearing from readers that something I wrote touched them, delighted them, made them shiver with fear or shake with laughter, or think about something new Cynthia and her husband live in Geneva, New Yorkcmillan author cynthi


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    1. Read this out loud to a classroom of first graders today. Based on an old Chinese folk tale, this story was completely new to these kids, and they were completely enthralled. When Mrs. O'Grady fell into the pot, there were audible gasps from the kids. Two Classroom Uses: [1] Have kids draw what they would throw into the pot if they had the chance. Just be prepared for lots of drawings of video games and moneymoneymoney![2] Read Lily Toy Hong's version of the tale, Two of Everything, which is set [...]


    2. I really enjoyed this sweet story when reading it in a school library. I loved it so much that I asked for it as a gift and what a gift it has been to own. It is a story about an older couple that has very little in life but is soon surprised when they find "one" potato.The illustrations are simple but very meaningful to readers. This would be a great book for classrooms, targeting many issues, including sharing, compassion and even math, as it is presented in this story.


    3. One Potato, Two Potato by Cynthia C. DeFelice is a story about an old man and woman, Mr. and Mrs. O'Grady, who are very poor and live in a little cottage all by themselves. They survive only by eating one potato a day for every meal. One day they discover they are down to their very last potato, so they decide to keep digging to see if they overlooked one. Instead they discover a black pot that has magical powers. It doubles anything that they put inside! Mr. and Mrs. O'Grady use the magical pot [...]


    4. A very poor farmer and his wife discover a magic pot. They use it to make food and clothes and then another pair of themselves so they would have a friend. Then they decided they had just what they needed and buried the pot again so someone else could find it when they needed it. They were not greedy. Very cute book.




    5. FolktaleDeFelice, Cynthia (2006). One Potato, Two PotatoMotif: Magical object Target Audience: Ages 6-8Setting: A small cottage on the hillsideCharacter(s)/plot/summary: Mr. and Mrs. O’Grady are an old, poor couple who are content with their lives. They are happy sharing the little bit of belongings they have and eating only potatoes daily. Although they are happy with what they have and enjoy each other’s company, they would love a friend to talk to. One day, when Mr. O’Grady is out diggi [...]


    6. I found this to be sort of strange. It was shortly longer than I expected and a little longer than I would have liked. This book is about a couple, the O'Grady's, who are so poor they picked one potato each day and shared it for all three meals. They were lucky to have the one potato they felt. One day, while potato digging, Mr. O'Grady finds a huge pot buried in the dirt and carries it home to the Mrs. On the way he dropped the one potato in because, after all, he only had two arms and they wer [...]


    7. Mr. and Mrs. O'Grady are very, very poor. They only have one chair, they share one potato a day, they have to make do with one tattered blanket, they have one candle that they never light, and they have to take turns wearing one coat in the winters. Nevertheless, the two are quite happy except for one thing: they both would like a friend to talk to. One day, when Mr. O'Grady digs up the last potato in the garden, he unearths a strange pot that has a magical quality--whenever something is placed [...]


    8. DeFelice, Cynthia C and Andrea U'Ren. One Potato, Two Potato. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2006. Print. Genre: Picture BookThe illustrations, done by Andrea U’Ren, stay to true the story that Cynthia Defelice is telling. Each page has a picture to match the action that is occurring in the book. The color scheme that is used is very basic and limited. This is done to address the condition the poor O’Grady’s live in. This book is good for children to understand that sometimes only the bas [...]


    9. Theme: "Economic Diversity"I loved reading "One Potato, Two Potato". First of all, the story communicated the message that it is possible to be happy in life with the bare minimum of living supplies. For instance, Mr. and Mrs. O'Grady had each other, a coat, a candle and a bed and lived for years happily together. Also and more importantly, once the O'Grady's found a magic pot that allowed them to duplicate their belongings, they did not allow the newly acquired riches to change who they were as [...]


    10. The O'gradys are so poor, they share everything in their old house, until the day comes they dig up a mysterious object in their potato field.The pictures in this story almost seem to be close to a photo like painting. They have very distinct objects. In the O'gradys house it shows that they truely do share everything because there is very little things inside their small house of theirs. This would be a great story to share with a classroom because it just goes to show a lot comes to people who [...]


    11. Mr. and Mrs. O'Grady were very skinny. They lived in a cottage. They shared everything, even one potato a day. When they were on their last potato, Mr. O'Grady found a pot and he called to his wife, "look what I found". And his wife pulled out two potato and two hair pins from the pot. Mrs. O'Grady fell in the pot, and then there were two of her. And then Mr. O'Grady asked one of them what to do with the other one. She told him to go in the pot, too. Mr. O'Grady bought a new chair. All four of t [...]


    12. Mr. and Mrs. O’Grady don’t have much, but the content couple finds a magical pot and their luck changes.The moral of the story is a very key one, and one that I think many students, especially students from low socio-economic schools, would appreciate it. Inner city students or students from low-income families can easily relate to the lives that Mr. and Mrs. O’Grady live. By hearing that the couple didn’t have much, but were grateful and were rewarded in the end, is probably a welcomed [...]


    13. I’m predicting this will be next year’s winning book. Mr. and Mrs. O’Grady are terribly poor, so poor they must share everything, even their blanket, their coat, and, each day, a single potato. Then Mr. O’Grady digs up a black pot with the mysterious power to double everything put into it. The O’Gradys are now magnificently rich. Then Mrs. O’Grady falls into the pot and Mr. O’Grady jumps in. The two have everything they need in life, including friendship. I especially liked how the [...]


    14. I really enjoyed everything about this story. It was humorous and full of excitement. It successfully delivered a message about valuing what you are fortunate enough to have in life. It also showed the importance of not becoming too greedy and only taking what you need to get by. The elderly couple in the story was easy to relate to because they had a similar outlook on life to that of my own grandparents. Once they had received what they needed they buried the magic pot so that someone else wou [...]


    15. I loved this story. Mr. and Mrs. O'Grady are very poor with only one potato per day to share. While digging up the last potato, Mr. O'Grady finds something that can't be a potato. In fact, it's a pot. The O'Grady's soon find the pot can double anything thrown inside. They are able to make more potatoes, another blanket and another coat. Finally, Mrs. O'Grady takes out their only gold piece and they multiply the gold until it is laying all over the floor. There's a cute twist at the end. Then, th [...]


    16. A poor old couple discover a black pot in their potato garden. They quickly discover that it has magical powers. One potato dropped in becomes two. One hairpin becomes two. The couple become excited and begin doubling most of their meager belongings, including a gold coin which quickly becomes quite a stash. The husband heads off to town to purchase much needed sundries. While he's away his wife trips and falls into the pot. You got it, she becomes two. Well, there's nothing for it except for th [...]


    17. This book caught my attention when I saw the cover. It looked like it could be a good story. It wasn't. It is a cumulative,humorous tale about a couple who lives alone and eats one potato a day. They share one of everything and one day find a pot that duplicates everything they put in it. They end up putting themselves in the pot and out come another couple. Now they not only have more than they need of everything they are no longer lonely. I stopped reading before the end. Not worth the time.


    18. Mr. and Mrs. O'Grady were so skinny that they could sit side by side on their only chair to share their one potato for dinner. They were so poor that they only had one raggedy coat, which they took turns wearing in the winter. Then came the day when Mr. O'Grady dug the last potato from his garden, and underneath that potato.why, it was a pot! He toted it home, and the O'Gradys soon discovered that it was not an ordinary pot. Delightful pen and gouache illustrations add to this cheerful folktale. [...]


    19. The Chinese tale "Two Of Everything" is reset in Ireland. Well told but wordy. The O'Gradys are exaggeratedly tall and thin, which adds to the fun when they fall in the magic pot, but makes them look distorted. A patron asked for this, and it's okay, but I far prefer the picture book of the original tale by Lily Toy Hong. Even better still, I like to tell this one with some stick puppets and a "magic" pot!


    20. This is a great math book for teaching doubles and the two times tables. I would bring a pot into my classroom and after reading the book I would throw items in there and ask the students how many should there be now. We would practice with different numbers and write them on the board in word sentence form. This is also good for a student who enjoys fairy tales. This is a good story to act out.


    21. Mr. and Mrs. O'Grady have one potato, one chair, one candle, one coin and one hairpin, until Mr. O'Grady discovers a magic pot in their field. When he puts their potato in it, he pulls out two. When Mrs. O'Grady puts in her hairpin, she pulls out two. I thought maybe it was going to be a story about how greed will make you unhappy, but the O'Gradys were really good about only making enough for what they needed to be happy, and then re-burying the pot when they were done.


    22. An Irish version of the Chinese folk tale I know as Two of Everything. In this version, the poor O'Gradys are down to one tattered blanket, one holey coat, one chair, and their last potato. Mr. O'Grady digs up a magic pot that duplicates whatever is out into it. Their wish is sweet, and the anti-greed message welcome. Lots of fun with this one in the elementary math curriculum, too.


    23. I shared this 2008-09 Bluebonnet nominee with my 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade library students this week. The story is based on an old Chinese folktale and in this telling, receives an Irish twist. The ending generated some very interesting discussion and if I had had more time, I would have enjoyed seeing what kind of alternate endings or additional "chapters" the kids could have written.


    24. theme: magic, simple maths, sharingA good share for children (5 and above), with descriptions of how poor the couple can be, and their lifestyle. When the magical item helped them along in life, how they decided to share with the others in the end, instead of being greedy and get everything, makes the story ended well and worth sharing.


    25. The former Head of Children's Services at my library LOVED this book. I suspect it was because she liked to use puppets, props and a magic pot. I also suspect she shorted the text because it is very (and unnecessarily) long. Still, the story is a very sweet retold Folk Tale that has been set in Ireland.


    26. This is such a darling kids book. I loved it. It's quirky but so cute. It's a great story to teach the power of human connection. A poor old couple find a big pot in their garden. The pot has magic powers and can multiply things. My three year old, my thirteen year old and my husband and I all were entertained at the same time.


    27. This story is cute, if a little weird, and I would happily use it in a preschool storytime, although I'm not sure what aboutpotatoes, maybe, or mathI saw a blog post from one librarian who used it in a St. Patrick's Day storytime, but that kind of rubs me the wrong way. I probably won't do that.


    28. I know it weird for a 5th grader to like a picture book, but I do. This is a very charming book about a couple that finds a pot. What is so special about this pot? Why is it voted the best bluebonnet? Read it and find out!!! :)


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