May 11, 2009

One Potato, Two Potato by Cynthia DeFelice

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 7:58 pm by suebe2

potatoOne Potato, Two Potato  (AR 4 . 3 )

by Cynthia DeFelice

Farrar Straus Giroux

 

Mr. and Mrs. O’Grady live in a poor cottage on a poor farm.  Each day they dig up one potato to share. .  They don’t have much but deeply appreciate what they do have.  Yet, they can’t help but want just a wee bit more — they each want a friend.

Then one day Mr. O’Grady is digging up their potato and realizes he is digging at the end of the last row of the garden.   It is their last potato.  He digs a bit deeper, hoping to find something more, and discovers a great black pot.  Into the pot the drops the potato and carries the lot up to the cottage.  To his surprise, he dumps out not one, but two potatoes. 

This could easily be a dark, meloncholy story as the couple has so little, but Andrea U’Ren’s art adds a slightly comic air that plays up the humorous potential of the story as a whole. 

Young readers will laugh as Mrs. O’Grady topples into the pot, because  they know what is going to happen.  The question is, how will this mistake work for them? 

A fun hopeful story of people who really do appreciate their bounty whether it is great or small.  A great jumping off point for discussions on just how much is enough and generosity.

–SueBE

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