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The Magic Porridge Pot (Easy-to-Read, Puffin) Paperback – January 1, 1997

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2. Straightforward retellings of classic tales, written for beginning readers. Henny-Penny is the better of the two because of its fast-paced linear plot and repetitive language. The Magic Porridge Pot, set in today's world, is more complex. The subtle differences in the right and wrong commands ("Little pot, cook" and "Cook, little pot") and lack of repetitive words and phrases require children to have better reading and comprehension skills. Though there are certainly context clues in the full-color illustrations in both books, the style is flat, and the pictures don't capitalize on the opportunity to enhance the stories. Additional purchases for libraries with large beginning-to-read collections.?Gale W. Sherman, Pocatello Public Library, ID
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With beginning readers in mind, Ziefert (The Tweeny-Tiny Woman, 1995, etc.) retells the traditional story of the magic pot that won't stop cooking in this entry in the Easy-to-Read series. This time, it is a little girl who saves her mother and the town from a flood of porridge by remembering the right combination of words to shout at the pot. Simple drawings showing a contemporary setting are only part of the recasting process this folktale has undergone. Repeated words and short lines will encourage new readers, and for that, the book is useful. It's just not much fun; the confines of the form, worked to such advantage by Minarik, Lobel, and Rylant (and Nola Buck--see review, above), make for a flat-footed telling here, and since most children know a version of the tale, there's no suspense to engage them. (Fiction/folklore. 4- 7) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Series: Easy-to-Read, Puffin
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (January 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140381899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140381894
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #888,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on April 16, 2010
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My daughter is 5 and found the books in the Puffin Easy-to-Read series (level 1) to be just the right stage for her in developing her reading skills. She is able to read them with a high level of fluency and the success she experiences with these books has given her more confidence and motivated her to read more. Level 1 here is for ages 4-7 (as recommended by the publisher). There are familiar sight words appropriate for this level.

The stories in this series are engaging and come with full-color illustrations which interest young readers. The story here is about a poor young girl who is given a magic pot that cooks porridge non-stop until it is told to stop. The trick is to use the right words to make it stop cooking, something the little girl's mother forgets one day! The story is a fun retelling of a folktale and both my daughter and I found the story engaging and fun. I highly recommend this beginning reader series!
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This is a story about a magic porridge pot that will NOT stop making porridge because mom forgets the exact magic words to make it stop. Mom's young daughter comes to the rescue. My 6 year old daughter liked reading this easy reader to me.
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My daughter really enjoyed this book
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