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The Magic Pot (Weekly Reader Children's BookClub) Turtleback – 1977


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  • Turtleback
  • Publisher: Lothrup, Lee & Shepard (1977)
  • ASIN: B0032LVYZ4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,775,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is a remarkable short story.
L. B. Taylor
I highly recommend this book, it is engaging and easy to read to a child (and fun to read as an adult).
Book Mama
Have very special memories of being read this book as a child more than 25 years ago.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By goonius on June 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book mostly for my two-year old daughter who is a fan of ghosts, witches, goblins, ghouls and pretty much anything else that goes 'bump in the night.' My daughter loves Dorrie and the Goblin, so I figured we couldn't go wrong with another book by Coombs.

Coombs is great at telling intriguing stories about the supernatural.

This book begins with a little red demon who decides to turn himself into a cast iron pot. Why? Well, just because. Don't all demons want to be pots?

He (the demon/pot) is found by an elderly man who has been looking to work for food, but has just been turned away by a rich man who says if the old man is 'too old for work then he is too old to eat also.'

The man, good-natured as so many characters in his position are in these sorts of fairy tales, returns home and tells his wife to look on the bright side: at least he's found this great pot he can sell... once he's rested up a bit, that is.

However as the old man rests, and the old woman cleans, the pot (er... demon) begins to stir and dance about on its feet on the shelf, saying 'hucka-pucka'. Where will you hucka-pucka to? asks the old woman. 'To the rich man's house and back again,' replies the pot. And that he does.

He brings the old couple all manner of things from the greedy rich man's house. He tricks the rich man's servants to make use of the pot in various ways: a stock pot, as a place to store butter, as a holder for the good silver, and eventually as a place for the rich man himself to place hs gold as he greedily tallies his excessive wealth.

Each time, 'hucka-pucka', the pot returns to the elderly couple, who are overjoyed just to have the basic necessities and comforts, and to no longer be facing starvation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dms92377 on August 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
this is a great book i recomend it to everyone. im 26 and i still read it.
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By bookobsessed on November 5, 2004
Format: Library Binding
I loved this book as a child (I'm now 32) and still read it to my children. I think the fact that it is so "just" in giving to the poor and taking from the rich, it pleases me in a profound way. It's definitely a fable and the moral to the story is that you will get yours if you don't give a helping hand! I don't know why I still remember this book that is obviously not in print anymore.
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By Judith Jones on January 12, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This was my daughter's favorite book when she was a child. She is now 40 years old and the mother of twins. Last year I found this book on Amazon and ordered it for the twins birthday. I will never forget the look on my daughter's face when they opened this gift. WOW! Now they get to enjoy this wonderful story and great illustrations. Huka Puka!
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Format: Hardcover
THE MAGIC POT was published in 1977 but the wonderful story and the awesome pictures make it a stand-out book to read to kids 4 and older today. Meant to teach a lesson, it is about a poor couple who meet a good little demon who has turned himself into a black metal pot.

A neighbor who has everything has turned the old man away with the words, "If you are too old to eat, you are too old to work." Heartbroken, he dreads telling his wife what has happened when he mysteriously comes upon a pot in the road. He takes it home where it stays for a short while before it says, "hucka-pucka" and off it goes. Each time it visits the neighbor and comes back with something to help the old couple.

The pictures that Mrs. Coombs illustrated are just as good as the story. The expressions on the faces are very descriptive. Their skinny little cat is fun to watch, too. Drawn in black and white with little dabs of red, you will pause at each page to take in everything. No matter if you have children or grandkids I would encourage you to find a copy of this much-loved fable. It is a remarkable short story.
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