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The Magic Porridge Pot by Paul Galdone

The Magic Porridge Pot (1976)

by Paul Galdone

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I liked this book a lot because of the story line, it was a really cute story. It has a funny sort of ending that kids would really enjoy, while showing a good lesson of greed within it. ( )
  Oliviacap | Nov 20, 2016 |
The tale of the Magic Porridge Pot given solid treatment by [a:Paul Galdone|18444|Paul Galdone|https://www.goodreads.com/assets/nophoto/user/u_50x66-d9f6a4a5badfda0f69e70cc94d962125.png] ( )
  Fjola | Apr 23, 2015 |
Cute story about a mother and daughter whose lives take a positive turn when the girl brings home a magic pot. ( )
  dukefan86 | Dec 13, 2013 |
The Magic Porridge Pot is a European folktale about a poor girl and her mother. As the young girl looks for nuts and berries in the forest an old woman appears. The old woman consoles the young girl and gives her a small black pot. The woman tells her to put the pot over a fire and say to it, "Boil, Little Pot, boil." When the pot fills up with porridge she is told to tell the pot to, "Stop, Little Pot, stop!" The old woman instructs her to never forget those words and vanishes. When the girl returns home she does what the old woman told her and the young girl's mother is thrilled to have enough porridge for her and her daughter. Then one day when the young girl visits her friend, her mother gets hungry and tells the pot to, "Boil, Little Pot, Boil!" The mother, having forgotten the exact words, is unable to stop the pot from making porridge until the entire village is covered in porridge. The little girl saves the day and everyone in the village feasts for days and days.
There is no mention or citation of the original source for the folktale. The plot is simple and direct and can be appreciated by young children. The language is lively and engaging and in keeping with the oral tradition. The illustrations are simple and the double page picture of the village people eating the porridge in the streets is amusing. Students in grades K-2 would enjoy this story. ( )
  shillson | Nov 20, 2011 |
A very small trim size, not really suitable for storytime but really good interaction possible with, "Stop, little pot, stop". Like the Strega Nona story, pot makes porridge when given the magic words but then must be told to stop the correct way or else it over fills. ( )
  dangerlibearian | Jan 4, 2011 |
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Once upon a time, long, long, ago, a little girl and her mother lived in a small cottage at the of the village street.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0395288053, Hardcover)

The porridge pot always produces food for the little girl, but it runs amuck when her mother tries to use it.

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The porridge pot always produces food for the little girl, but it runs amuck when her mother tries to use it without knowing the magic words to stop it.

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