Potatoes, Potatoes by Anita Lobel

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There was once an old woman who had a potato farm and two hardworking, loving sons. But one day one son ran away to the army of the east; the other son joined the army of the west.

Caldecott Honor artist Anita Lobel tells a powerful story of two brothers who become enemies at war, and their wise mother whose cleverness turns fighting into peace.

A new, full-color edition of the timely and timeless tale Potatoes, Potatoes.


About Anita Lobel

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Anita Lobel's name is synonymous with the best in children's literature. She is the creator of such classics as Alison's Zinnia and Away from Home, and she received a Caldecott Honor for her illustrations in On Market Street. She is the creator of two books about her cat, Nini, One Lighthouse, One Moon (a New York Times Best Illustrated Book), and Nini Here and There. Her childhood memoir, No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Anita Lobel lives in New York City.
Published January 1, 1967 by Harper & Row. 40 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, War. Fiction

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Each becomes an officer, but in time their uniforms tear, their swords bend, and they begin to think of soft beds and baked potatoes and their mother, and they feel sad.

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Anita Lobel's eerily topical Potatoes, Potatoes, originally published in 1967, centers on a mother living in a valley between two warring nations, who walls in her home to protect her two sons, and who grows potatoes.

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