Two Old Potatoes and Me by John Coy

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One day at her dad’s house, a young girl finds two old potatoes in the cupboard. “Gross.” But before she can throw them away, her dad suggests they try to grow new potatoes from the old ones, which have sprouted eyes. Told from May to September, the potato-growing season, the story includes all the basic steps for growing potatoes while subtly dealing with the parents’ recent divorce. Just like the new potatoes that emerged from ugly old potatoes, this dad and daughter move on and make a new life together in the face of unavoidable and unpleasant change. Carolyn Fisher’s artwork will be instantly recognizable from her recent picture book debut, A Twisted Tale, and her trademark high-energy art and design infuse joy and humor into this heartwarming story.

About John Coy

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John Coy is the aware-winning author of picture books (including Night Driving, illustrated by Peter McCarty), young adult novels, and the 4 for 4 middle-grade series. He live in Minneapolis and travels to schools nationaly and internationally. Visit him online at
Published January 13, 2009 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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A father and daughter bond after divorce by turning two old potatoes (“Gross!”) into a gardening project.

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Step by step, the girl explains how she and her dad till the soil, carve the potatoes into chunks and plant them sprout-side-up.

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