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Potatoes, Potatoes Hardcover – February 17, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; Reissue edition (February 17, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060518170
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060518172
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 10.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,662,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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K-Gr. 3. First published in 1967, this picture book introduces two brothers who are lured by the trappings of glory to become the commanders of opposing armies. After they lead their soldiers to war in their mother's own garden, they learn to value family and food more than fighting. The cross-hatched ink pictures appear to be identical to those in the first edition, but the restrained red, blue, and gray tones of the original art has been replaced with full-color washes. 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. Carolyn Phelan
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About the Author

Anita Lobel's name is synonymous with the best in children's literature. She is the creator of such classics as Alison's Zinnia and Away from Home, and she received a Caldecott Honor for her illustrations in On Market Street. She is the creator of two books about her cat, Nini, One Lighthouse, One Moon (a New York Times Best Illustrated Book), and Nini Here and There. Her childhood memoir, No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Anita Lobel lives in New York City.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 10, 2001
Format: Library Binding
I remember loving this look when I was little...it was a favorite of all my siblings as well, and we would often take it out from the library. I don't want to reveal too much of the plot, but it's the story of a family that always eats potatoes at every meal. The two sons get sick of their lives working in the potato fields and each runs off to join an army...two different armies that must eventually fight each other. That's all I'll say about the plot, but I remember liking the drawings and the anti-war ending. I hope you can find a copy of this wonderful children's book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spudman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 16, 2006
Format: Library Binding
This is a wonderful book with an uncomplicated plot.It is the age old story of the futility and suffering of war with a distinct potato flavor. Potatoes Potatoes is worth a look for the illustrations alone, intricate tapestiries capturing the period. Each detailed page is a stand alone work of art.

The message here is not necessarily profound, but it is powerful and moving.
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