Genre- Fantasy

Title: One Potatoe, Two Potatoeone-potatoe

Author: Cynthia DeFelice

Publisher: Farrar, Stratus and Giroux

Date: 2006

Age Level: Primary (K-2) or Elementary (3-4)

Summary: “A very poor, humble couple live so simple a life they share everything, until the husband discovers a pot with magical powers buried under the very last potatoe in the garden.”

Strengths: This book tells a great story about an elderly couple that don’t become greedy even when they find a pot. I like that this book could be used in a math lesson or just a fun book to read to students in class.  I think the story line is something students would pay attention to and be intrigued by. This book would also make students use their imagination and think about, what if they had a magic doubling pot. 

Concerns: I didn’t like the ending so much. I like the idea that they are very happy with just having friends, but it is a little weird to me. I think they should have put their house in the pot and got two houses out that way their friends could live next door to them in a house.

Classroom Use: This book could be used in the classroom as a math lesson about doubling. The teacher could read this book to the students and then give them a worksheet with a pot on it. The assignment could be to have the students draw something they wanted to put in the pot and have them draw what would come out of the pot. They would also have to make a math problem that would describe what happened in the pot.

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  1. This is actually a retelling of a Chinese folktale, so it should be considered a traditional tale rather than a fantasy.

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