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Two Old Potatoes and Me

by John Coy

Hardcover, 40 pages

Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers (2003-06-10)

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Amazon Description

One day at her dad’s house, a young girl finds two old potatoes in the cupboard. “Gross.” But before she can throw them away, her dad suggests they try to grow new potatoes from the old ones, which have sprouted eyes. Told from May to September, the potato-growing season, the story includes all the basic steps for growing potatoes while subtly dealing with the parents’ recent divorce. Just like the new potatoes that emerged from ugly old potatoes, this dad and daughter move on and make a new life together in the face of unavoidable and unpleasant change. Carolyn Fisher’s artwork will be instantly recognizable from her recent picture book debut, A Twisted Tale, and her trademark high-energy art and design infuse joy and humor into this heartwarming story.

One Potato Review

When life gives you two old potatoes… grow sixty-seven new ones. This is a story about the making the best of a tough situation, divorce in this case, although to this author’s immeasurable credit, both daughter and father spend more of their time together weeding and worrying about the stuff they can prepare against (potato beetles, drought) than the unhappiness that resulted in their separation. With splashy, busy pictures by Carolyn Fisher. Hopeful. Believable. Fresh. 

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