One Potato, Two Potato by Cynthia DeFelice

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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.
 

About Cynthia DeFelice

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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.
 
Published August 8, 2006 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Mr. and Mrs. O'Grady live a simple—even Spartan—life.

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