The Enormous Potato

The Enormous Potato Folk tales give us hope They show us that we can succeed in spite of apparent problems And they entertain Perhaps this accounts for their universal appeal and their amazing ability to survive The Enor

  • Title: The Enormous Potato
  • Author: Aubrey Davis Dušan Petričić
  • ISBN: 9781550743869
  • Page: 191
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Folk tales give us hope They show us that we can succeed in spite of apparent problems And they entertain Perhaps this accounts for their universal appeal and their amazing ability to survive The Enormous Potato is one such story that has been around for generations Retold by professional storyteller Aubrey Davis, it shows what can be accomplished when everyone lendFolk tales give us hope They show us that we can succeed in spite of apparent problems And they entertain Perhaps this accounts for their universal appeal and their amazing ability to survive The Enormous Potato is one such story that has been around for generations Retold by professional storyteller Aubrey Davis, it shows what can be accomplished when everyone lends a hand to solve a problem The Enormous Potato begins with a farmer who plants an eye a potato eye It grows and grows into an enormous potato Harvest time comes, but the potato is so big that the farmer can t pull it out So he calls for help, first to his wife, then to their daughter, then to the dog and so on Energetic illustrations capture the growing determination of the family to free the potato from the soil and the celebratory feast that follows their success.

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    1. On the surface this book is nothing extraordinary. It's the story of a farmer who grows a potato whose proportions are so large, he needs the assistance of his wife and daughter, as well as the dog, cat, and a mouse, to pull it from the ground. They then proceed to clean, cook, and share the potato with the townspeople, until it has been consumed and nothing is left. The illustrations are fun for children to see, but don't give away the storyline completely. The words chosen are perfect for earl [...]

    2. A farmer plants a potato that grows and grows until it's the biggest potato in the world. He has to ask his wife, daughter, dog, cat, and mouse for help getting it out of the ground. Once it's out, they feed the whole town. This felt pointless to me. It wasn't funny. It didn't teach anything. It didn't have any sort of lesson. It just is, and I don't really like that. I like for there to be some extra elements that set a story apart. This just didn't do it for me.

    3. This is an entertaining story that is very similar to the classic Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy story, The Gigantic Turnip. The narrative is repetitive and builds with each cumulative helper, with a fairly predictable ending. Beginning readers will likely enjoy reading this book, with its repetitions, large fonts, and small amounts of narrative on most pages.The watercolor and pencil illustrations are cartoonish, with water blotched backgrounds. I enjoyed reading this tale and I loved the images [...]

    4. Title: The Enormous PotatoRetold by: Aubrey DavisIllustrator: Dusan PetricicGenre: European folktaleTheme(s): Community, potatoes, repetitionOpening line/sentence: “There once was a farmer who had an eye.”Brief book summary: A farmer plants an eye and grows the world’s largest potato. He calls his wife to come help pull it out, but they are unsuccessful. The wife calls their daughter, but still they are unsuccessful, and so on it goes. Eventually they get it out and have a feast with the c [...]

    5. Title: The Enormous PotatoAuthor: Aubrey DavisIllustrator: Dušan PetričićGenre: European FolktaleTheme: Farming, teamworkOpening Line/Sentence: There once was a farmer who had an eye. Brief Book Summary: A farmer plants a potato eye and it grows bigger and bigger. The farmer can’t get it out of the ground by himself, so he calls his family and some animals to help him. Eventually, they get it out of the ground and the whole town eats the potato. Professional Recommendation/Review #1:clcd.ez [...]

    6. It was OK, I guess. There's lots of repetition, which makes it easy to incorporate into a storytime. The illustrations are bright, but not totally my taste (not a fan of the yellow pages). Nothing really bad or good either way in those terms. I guess my biggest problem is that there's not really a point, for lack of a better way to put it. No real lesson or moral, though it is billed as "[celebrating] co-operation and community." Didn't really pick up on that myself. No funny punch line either, [...]

    7. I liked that the story was told efficiently. It was repetitive, as this story is, but no words were wasted. Illustrations were not my cup of tea but they get the job done.

    8. Title: The Enormous PotatoAuthor: Aubrey DavisIllustrator: Dušan PetričićGenre: European FolktaleTheme(s): repetition, food, cooperation/teamworkOpening line/sentence: "There once was a farmer who had an eye"Brief Book Summary: A farmer plants a potato eye in the ground. For some unknown reason, the potato grows and grows until it becomes enormous. The farm must then enlist the help of his entire family to pull the potato out of the ground, and after they succeed in doing so, the townspeople [...]

    9. Title: The Enormous PotatoAuthor: Aubrey DavisIllustrator: Dusan PetricicGenre: European FolktaleTheme(s): cooking, cooperation and teamwork, determination, perseverance, plants/flowersOpening line/sentence: “There once was a farmer who had an eye.”Brief Book Summary: This book is about a man who grows a potato. However, it gets extremely big, too big for him to pull out of the ground even. So, he calls for his wife to come help. When the two of them cannot get the potato out the wife calls [...]

    10. Because The Enormous Turnip, in all its variations is so well known, I kept wondering, page after page, what the crazy, awesome twist would be at the end of this book? Would the whole town have a French Fry Festival? Would the potato explode when it was being heated? Would the potato roll down the hill, off a cliff into the sea, and create a tidal wave that then brought fish to a starving city?But, no. The same story. They pulled up the Enormous Potato and they ate it.Anyway. Beats me why there [...]

    11. Title: The Enormous PotatoAuthor: Aubrey DavisIllustrator: Dusan PetricicGenre: Folktale, FolkloreTheme(s): Farmer, Animals, working together, giving to the communityOpening line/sentence:There once was a farmer who had an eye. It wasn’t like your eye or my eye. It was a potato eye.Brief Book Summary:This story is about a man who plants a potato. When he tried to pull the potato out of the ground he could not do it because the potato was just so big. His wife, his daughter, his dog, his cat, a [...]

    12. Title: The Enormous PotatoAuthor: Retold by Aubrey DavisIllustrator: Dusan PetricicGenre: Eurpean FolktaleTheme(s): folktale, repetitionOpening line/sentence: “There once was a farmer who had an eye.”Brief book summary: Farmer planted his potato eye, which became the biggest potato in the world. The potato would not come out of the ground. They called numerous people to come help until the potato came out of the ground. Then they cooked it and served it to others around them. Professional Re [...]

    13. Title: The Enormous PotatoAuthor: Aubrey DavisIllustrator: Dusan Petricic Genre: European Folktale Theme(s): Teamwork, Success is reachable (Hope), Problem-solvingOpening line/sentence: There once was a farmer who had an eye. Brief Book Summary: A farmer grew the biggest potato in the world and when it was time to pull it out he couldn’t do it himself. His wife, daughter, dog, cat, and mouse until the potato came out of the ground. When they cooked the potato everyone from town was attracted b [...]

    14. Davis, Aubrey. The Enormous Potato. Buffalo, NY: Kids Can, 1998. Print. The Enormous Potato is a book about a farmer who plants a seed and it grows into a giant potato. The farmer has to rely on his family to be able to pull the potato out of the ground. This book teaches how important and and helpful teamwork can be. When the farmer tried to pull the potato on his own, he couldn’t do it. But once he asked for help and everyone worked together to pick the potato, they were successful and the p [...]

    15. I read this book to the preschool class I work with and they loved it! This book includes a clever use of repetition. The farmer grows a potato that is so large he cannot pull it out of the ground himself. He calls his wife, who calls their daughter, who calls the dog, who calls the cat, etc. Using this repetition got the kids to interact because they knew what the key phrases were and could memorize the order of helpers. It is a great book for all ages and teaches team work. Teachers, or even c [...]

    16. This is a classic folk tale that follows a similar storyline to many others. A farmer plants a potato eye, which grows into an enormous potato. Unable to pull it from the earth, the farmer calls his wife, who calls their daughter, who calls the dog, who calls the cat, etc. etc. It's a great book for younger readers because it uses repetition. It's a fairly simple story but is very effective and enjoyable. The illustrations are also cute, although nothing earth-shattering.I read this book for a c [...]

    17. This classic folk tale retelling is a perfect story for acting out with children. Someone plays the Farmer, someone plays the Wife, someone can even play the potato! This book had myself and the group of children that I care for, wriggling, giggling and ultimately rolling on the floor in laughter as we tried and tried to pull out that enormous potato! The author’s use of repetition and the simple story line make it easy for kids to anticipate what is going to happen next. I read this story wit [...]

    18. This book is a great retelling of a folk tale about an enormous potato and all the people that it takes to pull it up out of the ground. It reinforces ideas about teamwork and helping other people out. The repetitiveness of the story and the different characters that get added in along the way make this a fantastic book for children to act out! With props and/or a short script the children could act out the story during circle time or use the props in dramatic play during free time to act out th [...]

    19. Aubrey Davis does a great job of selecting language that flows well when read aloud. This is a verison of the enormous turnip folk story. I especially like the beginning as the eye of the potato is planted as this is what grows the vines that form potatoes. I also liked the ending as it shows "community" when the neighbors arrive to enjoy eating the potato. The other book I read by Davis also contains a "community" ending.

    20. A farmer plants an eye--a potato eye. It grows and grows into such an enormous potato that when harvest time comes, the farmer can't pull it out of the ground. He calls for help, first to his wife, then to their daughter, then to the dog and the cat. But it takes all their strength--plus the efforts of one tiny mouse--to finally free the potato from the ground. Full-color illustrations.

    21. This book doesn't look all that exciting (illustrations, words, etc.), but my storytime kids loved it! We all pretended to pull up the potato together, and repeated the refrain of everyone pulling up the potato. Lots of interaction with this book. Definitely went over better than I expected.2/7/2012 & 2/9/2012

    22. I have read a lot of children's books for my daughter and rarely comment, but this book was awful. Each page was repeating the page before, the illustrations were printed right through the centre book seam, and the ending was the laziest I have ever read "and now the story is gone, too" really?!?

    23. A retelling of the classic tale. I've read a turnip version by Lucy Cousins in her Yummy collection, and I remember seeing my sister in her second grade play where she was the mouse. The kids at story time got a kick out of how big the potato was.

    24. The story is very simple and nothing too fantastic, but the illustrations are above average, and my 2-year-old loves the anticipation of the huge potato finally popping out of the ground.

    25. Simple version of the Giant Turnip. Would have liked a bit more when the potato finally comes out of the ground, but c'est la vie!

    26. This is a clever re-telling of a folktale which inspired my daughter-in-law to serve a potato casserole for Maddie's 1st birthday party to go along with this book!

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