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The magic porridge pot Hardcover – 1976


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Seabury Press (1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816431736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816431731
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 7.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,452,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A familiar folktale is given a medieval setting in Galdone's lively, sunny pictures which have the effect of posters with their clear blocks of color." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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About the Author

Paul Galdone was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1907 and emigrated to the United States in 1928. After finishing his studies at the Art Student League and the New York School of Industrial Design, Mr. Galdone worked in the art department of a major publishing house. There he was introduced to the process of bookmaking, an activity that was soon to become his lifelong career. Before his death in 1986, Mr. Galdone illustrated almost three hundred books, many of which he himself wrote or retold. He is fondly remembered for his contemporary style, bright earthy humor, and action-filled illustrations, which will continue to delight for generations to come. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pam TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I am not sure that I ever read this story as a child, but I have really enjoyed it for some reason, as have my two children (3 and 5).

The tale is one of classic silliness though it begins with a touching description of a poor mother and daughter who often have only a scrap of bread to eat. At one such time, the daughter goes into the woods, as she often does, looking for nuts and berries.

Finding nothing, she collapses in tears onto a log, only to be jarred from her fretting state by an old hag with a "pleasant but crackly voice." The old woman tells her not to worry, that she won't be hungry ever again, and offers up a small black pot. Just tell the pot `Boil, Little Pot, Boil' and at once it will fill up with delicious porridge." To stop the pot there are other words.

If you don't see it coming, chaos ensues when the mother forgets the words for making the pot stop which results in the whole town filling with delectable porridge.

The story ends with the other villagers emptying out into the street with buckets and bowls and what-not to fill up with the food. There was enough for days.

Five Stars. It is a delightful story with cute Galdone drawings. A great addition to the home library.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By waldorf_curric VINE VOICE on September 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I liked this retelling of the Grimm Brothers fairy tale. It is listed (not this book specifically, but this story) in Beyond the Rainbow Bridge as being an early fairy tale, suitable for 3 and 4 year olds. It has a good message about the consequences of being greedy. The only thing which I didn't really understand was when the little girl came back to halt the porridge pot, she yelled "Stop, little pot, stop!" four times in a row. I suppose this is because she has to undo the damage her mother caused by using the incorrect magic words four times (halt, enough, no more & cease) but it is a little awkward to read aloud. This would be a good book to introduce the use of synonyms to an older class as well -- each word in essence means the same thing and yet there are subtle differences between them.
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I loved this book as a kid and enjoy reading it to my 3 year old now. It's a classic!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The magic Porridge Pot

Author:Paul Galdone

As soon as the little girl got the cauldron from the old lady in the woods they have never been hungry. but when her mother forgets the words the town if overfilled with porridge. The village is never hungry again. Read this magical book.

Review by:Frances
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By doris francois-dryden on December 27, 2013
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This is an old library book. Not a new book as advertised. I am returning it. I am very disappointed.
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