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The Magic Porridge Pot (1976)

by Paul Galdone

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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 |
Galdone, P. (1976). The magic porridge pot. New York NY: Clarion Books.

A poor little girl and her mother were desperate for food. One day, the little girl went to the forest to find nuts and berries. She could not find any food and begins to cry. Then she encounters a witch who gives her a magic pot. However, the witch says that she must remember two phrases : “boil, little pot, boil” when she puts the pot on the fire and “stop, little pot, stop” to make the magic pot stop boiling porridge. At first, the mother and girl have plenty of porridge from the magic pot. One day, while the girl was gone, the mother forgets how to stop the pot from boiling. She tries many different phrases. “Halt, little pot halt,” “cease, little pot, cease,” and “enough, little pot, enough.” All these fail until the girl says the magical phrase: “stop, little pot, stop.”

Similar to Tunjur! Tunjur! Tunjur!, this story also involves a magic pot. In this case, though, the pot provides food instead of stealing things. In addition, there is a witch in the story. Like Tunjur! the story has the repetition of responses. This is characteristic of tales because repetition often makes up the structure of a story.

This is fun tale for young children. Readers will like the happy ending when the entire village has delicious porridge to eat!
  ewang109 | Jul 23, 2010 |
A mother and daughter lived alone in a village and were too poor to buy food. The daughter went in the woods to find food one day and ran into an old woman. The old woman gave her a magic pot that would boil porridge on command. She had to remember the magic words to make it start and stop. When she went home, she and her mother were never hungry. One day, the daughter went to a friends house and the mother boiled up some porridge. When she will full, she forgot the magic words to make the pot stop, so it filled up the whole village with porridge. Eventually the daughter came home and stopped the pot. Everyone in the village was able to eat the porridge for a long time and no one was ever hungry.
  sbhoward321 | Oct 14, 2009 |
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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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