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Two of Everything Hardcover – January 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 540L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (January 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807581577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807581575
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 11.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

As she did in How the Ox Star Fell from Heaven , this talented author-illustrator here distills a Chinese folktale with style and humor. Her lucid narrative is coupled with beguiling, full-page airbrushed acrylic and gouache pictures that display a distinctive palette highlighted by sumptuous blues and greens. Digging in his garden, a poor farmer discovers an ancient brass pot. While carrying his find home, the man drops his purse, which he then tosses into the pot for safekeeping. At home, when his wife peers into the vessel she finds not one but two purses. The couple puts the magic pot to work, multiplying their remaining gold coins many times over. But their good fortune takes an unexpected turn when Mr. and Mrs. Haktak both manage to fall into the pot, and a clone of each of them appears. "Now even our troubles are beginning to double," the farmer observes wryly. How they make peace with their new lives will have youngsters, if not doubled up with laughter, at least genuinely amused, and wanting to reread this yarn--at least twice. Ages 5-8.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 4-- A Chinese folktale with a perfect blend of humor and wisdom. One spring morning, Mr. Haktak, a poor farmer, unearths a brass pot in his garden. Placing his coin purse inside for safekeeping, he carries his discovery home to his wife. After she accidently drops her hairpin inside, Mrs. Haktak reaches into the pot and, to her amazement, pulls out two identical hairpins and two matching coin purses. Quickly deducing the magic secret, husband and wife work feverishly to duplicate their few coins, creating enough gold to fill their hut. The happy couple believes their luck has finally changed for the better--until Mrs. Haktak falls head first into the pot. Using lively yet straightforward language, Hong tells this story with an engagingly playful tone. Never ready to despair, the quick-thinking woman takes charge and imaginatively solves each problem, rapidly moving the plot to a fitting resolution. The airbrushed acrylic and gouache illustrations feature a variety of circular shapes; rounded heads, cheeks, and hats reflect the image of the pot. Painted in matte tones and outlined with darker colors, the pictures are set against a simple background appropriate to life in humble surroundings. A whimsical mix of fortune and misfortune with a distinctly Chinese flavor. --Joy Fleishhacker, New York Public Library
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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My son loved this book from the first time we read it together.
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Both of my kids liked the book, and asked me to read it to them repeatedly.
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I am a teacher and I use this book when I teach patterns to my class.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By "wukwukwuk" on October 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Lily Toy Hong's book is a delight for both children and adults alike. Her colorful and comical illustrations please the soul, and both the text and the pictures keep the attention of all school-aged children.
In the state of Utah, the children in the schools and public libraries selected her book as The Best Picturebook of the Year in conjunction with nominees presented by the Utah Librarian's Association.
Lily's book shows Chinese characters and artifacts depicted in authentic dress and style. How do I know? I am one of her sisters raised in a loving home of parents and grandparents who immigrated from China and who preserved many of the ways of their roots.
Any classroom teacher (which I am) who is looking for a book to raise the spirits and share a fun Chinese folktale with need look no further than Two of Everything! (Math teachers can use it to introduce the concept of doubling, and expand it to tripling, etc.)
Respectfully, Kim Hong Wu
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is the embodiment of everything (in a word) pleasant. It's just a pleasant pleasant story to read through. Based on a classic Chinese folktale, the book follows an old married couple and their life. The two live in utter simplicity, only eating the food from their garden and occasionally selling the surplus when they get the chance. One day the old man, Mr. Haktak, is digging in the garden when he finds an old pot. He brings it home to his wife (after a fair amount of struggling and straining) and it isn't long before the two discover that the pot is magic. Indeed, after Mr. Haktak's purse and Mrs. Haktak's hairpins fall in and wondrously duplicate the two come to the rather obvious conclusion that the pot doubles anything that falls into it. They're right of course, and the pot truly seems as if it is too good to be true. Unfortunately, the day Mrs. Haktak accidentally falls into the pot herself, things become a little more complicated for the two...three...four people.

The book is utterly charming. Filled with author/illustrator Lily Toy Hong's roly poly people, the humor of each and every situation is undeniable. There's a great moment when Mr. Haktak is pulling his wife from the pot, only to find another pair of legs are kicking in her place. The book also has (if this makes any sense) a rather contemporary feel to it. Though it may well be an ancient story, the way in which Ms. Hong has written it makes it feel as fresh and lively as the day it was conceived. There are wonderful little details in some of the more crowded scenes and each illustration is drawn with thick pleasant colorful lines that are enticing to the eye. Should you be looking for a good Chinese folktale to entertain the little ones with, and you'd rather not read anything too old or possibly racist, then this book is a perfect fit. Simultaneously elegant and easy to understand, it's sure to be beloved by the whole fam.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 1998
Format: Hardcover
There is something funny about saying Haktak. It makes the book enjoyable to read. A very fun folktale that I had never heard before. My daughter got it as a library book and I am considering buying it for her.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Two of Everything

By Lily Toy Hong

This book, Two of Everything, is about a couple, Mr. Haktak and Mrs. Haktak, which had very little money. They lived in a little hut! The man finds a big pot in his backyard. He accidentally falls into the pot and when he comes out another copy of him comes out too! This happens to his wife and the four of them get into a big argument. I loved this book as a young reader. It taught me that too much isn't always good. I would recommend this book to anyone or to that little girl or boy that wants everything. The only thing I would have to say that I didn't like is the fact that the pictures weren't that great but there are many different books in publish since I got it so you can choose the style pictures you want. Overall I would give this book an eight on a one to ten scale. This book was my favorite book as a kid and I hope it is yours too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "teacherirene" on February 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Before the book was released in 1993, I purchased the book thought a teacher catalog sight unseen after reading the description. I knew it would be a favorite in my collection of multicultural books. Although this is a children book, I have read this book every year with parents in my classroom. Both children and parents just love the anticipation of knowing what will be happening next. There is gleefully laughter when the two Mrs. Haktaks come out of the pot and double laughter when the two Mr. Haktaks do the same. I have used the book as a springboard to introduce doubling numbers to my kindergartners.
"Double Happiness" (popular Chinese phrase) is when we see more books from Lily Toy Hong in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kkidder on November 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I'm a student teacher & used it for a math lesson...it was a great way to start off the lesson & got the students eager to learn. The kids loved it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a review by Connor (6 years old):

The main characters, Mr. and Mrs. Haktak were awesome! They are Chinese people who are old and poor. They are nice, but they argued once or twice. They discover a mysterious pot in a field and it changes their life. They liked it a lot at first, but something weird happens and they're not so sure, but in the end they liked it and live happily ever after. I really liked the story - it was surprising and I thought the magical pot was cool.

The book was just the right length for me - not too short and not too long. I liked the pictures a lot, especially the gold coins that looked kind of funky. I liked how the author painted the pictures, they were beautiful.

I would recommend this awesome book to the whole world! It's terrific!!
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