Laurie Blum, December 4, 2006 (view all comments by Laurie Blum)
I read this story years ago, now read it to young grandchildren and have purchased copies (still available used) for their personal libraries ... author Anita Loebel's message is timeless! The plot is just great as "Potatoes, Potatoes" emphasizes the importance of family. This illustrated book is a MUST READ people of all ages! 5 stars!
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Janet Hamilton, November 30, 2006 (view all comments by Janet Hamilton)
This book has been around for awhile, but it's extremely worth re-discovering for a generation of kids growing up with war talk all around them. Children hear about war in a distant land and form ideas about it. Do these same children form concepts about peace? This book illustrates quite clearly and simply the futility and idiocy of war. Family life and plenty of potatoes to eat are equated with peace. The mother, like many mothers today, feels she must build a wall around her world to keep her sons safe. When they are big enough to see over the wall, and be attracted to the "romantic" hype of war, they go off to fight on opposing sides without even realizing that they will be fighting each other. The happy ending encourages hope for a world without war, without walls, without opposing armies, and with plenty of potatoes for all. Potatoes, Potatoes can stimulate much needed in depth discussion on these subjects in families and classrooms.
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by Children's Literature,
"The story is well told and its lesson is timeless and certainly appropriate today. Lobel's original illustrations have been enhanced by full-color and give the book an updated look."
"From the subtle earth tones of the potato plants on the dedication page to the brilliant reds, blues, and golds of the battle scenes, the additional color enhances the drawings and ensures a wider audience for this story and its timeless theme."
by Harper Collins,
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.
First published in 1967 and illustrated now for the first time in full color, the Caldecott Honor artist's classic antiwar picture book brilliantly illuminates the foolishness--and the tragedy--of fighting.
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