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Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato (edition 1997)

by Tomie dePaola

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Title:Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato
Authors:Tomie dePaola
Info:Putnam Juvenile (1997), Paperback, 32 pages
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Great for teaching tall tales! ( )
  jkrnomad | Jul 1, 2016 |
Fairly typical of Irish trickster tales and of dePaola's work. O'Rourke is a mortal, though, and so this didn't engage me as much as the Finn McCool stories. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato is based on an old tale told by dePaola’s Irish grandfather. The theme of hard work emerges throughout the story in a very unique way. ( )
  jmistret | Mar 31, 2016 |
The story about Jamie O’Rourke is the second one of the same series that I have read. Wonderfully written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola does a great job in making me laugh. This story is about the very lazy Jamie O’Rourke, who does not want to take care of his garden when his wife wasn’t able to do it. He meets a leprechaun who tricks him into not giving him the gold, but instead giving him a big potato seed. When he plants the big seed and it grows, it blocks the people from entering and leaving the village. To solve this problem, everybody takes a piece of the big potato. I think this books illustration was the best from what I’ve seen of Tomie dePaola. Depaola does a great job in bringing the meaning of the text out. For example, he writes about the villagers getting sick of the potato over time and shows this by putting pictures of the same people eating it 2 or 3 times. I enjoyed reading this book for humorous reasons but do not believe it has a moral. ( )
  Diana_94 | Mar 21, 2016 |
This is a wonderful way to share the folktales of Ireland. The clever leprechaun and lazy husband make for an interesting adventure.
Curricular Connections:
*Irish folklore
*St. Patrick's Day
*Compare folktales from other countries
  JulieBFEL | Mar 9, 2016 |
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"Jamie O'Rourke is the laziest man in all of Ireland." So begins well-known children's book author and illustrator Tomie dePaola's retelling of a popular Irish folktale. Jamie is accustomed to his wife doing all the household and garden chores, so when she injures her back, he figures he's sure to starve to death. But as luck would have it, he chances upon a leprechaun. The elfin man offers Jamie the biggest "pratie" in the world in exchange for letting him go.

Feeling self-satisfied, Jamie plants the seed, which soon grows into a potato big enough to be a logistical nightmare for the village. Luckily, his wife comes through for him once again, and everyone ends up happy and full. This is not a redemptive tale--Jamie does not learn to be industrious. It is, however, a lively, simple-yet-outlandish, brightly illustrated story about a man and a potato, with a leprechaun thrown in, for luck. (Ages 4 to 8)

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The laziest man in all of Ireland catches a leprechaun, who offers a potato seed instead of a pot of gold for his freedom.

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