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

by Tomie dePaola

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There once was a man named Jack O' Rourke who came across a genie. The genie asked what wish he wanted granted. Being the clever guy he was, Jack asked for the biggest potato in the world, this way him and his wife would never go hungry. When the potato reached its full size, it rolled down the hill and blocked the entire street. With no way to move the potato, Jack had all of the townspeople eat the potato. Everyone ate until even the sight of potatoes made them sick. In order to never have Jack plant a potato so big ever again, the towns people gave him lots of food. Jack and his wife lived happily ever after. ( )
  Nicole129672 | Sep 15, 2014 |
I chose to read "Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato" because I am a huge fan of Tomie DePaola, having read many of his books as a child. The book features DePaola's classic illustrations, which are very cute, colorful, and simple - his artwork is one of the reasons I loved DePaola's books so much when I was young. However, I really did not care for the story (which I suppose isn't really DePaola's fault as the book is an Irish folk tale)for several reasons. Jamie gets to live happily ever after off of the fruits of his neighbors labors because of a situation that came out of his own laziness. What kind of a message is that to spread to young children? Second of all, the term "potato seeds" kept being used, which is completely inaccurate because potatoes do not grow from seeds but in fact grow from the shoots of other potatoes. Even though most readers probably would not question the potato seeds, it really bothered me and kept me from enjoying the story.
  Lara.Lofdahl | Feb 1, 2014 |
Folktale about lazy man growing a big potato and not townspeople not wanting him to do anything else. *NOT good for reading to students, teaches them that laziness pays off*
  MirandaR | Dec 8, 2013 |
Pages: 28
Reading Level: 4.7

This funny little folktale about an extrememly lazy man who grows a giant potato is quite the funny little tale. I'm confused a little by the reading level but it's a great story with amazing illustrations. I'm not sure I would use this book becuase it could potentially teach students that it's ok to be lazy, which is not a thought I want my students to possess...
  TamaraBronson | Feb 27, 2013 |
In my opinion, this story contained some elements of Jack and the Beanstalk. The laziness of Jamie O'Rourke also reminded me of Rip Van Winkle, another husband who was lazy and put all the responsibility on his wife. I am still not sure if it was intentional that he would have his neighbors provide food for him or if it was pure coincidence. ( )
  lakertraw | Feb 20, 2012 |
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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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