Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato
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Jamie O'Rourke is the laziest man in all of Ireland, far too lazy to help his wife on their farm. Then, after a chance encounter with a leprechaun, Jamie finds himself growing the biggest potato in the world.
Jamie O’Rourke is the laziest man in all of Ireland, far too lazy to help his wife on their farm.
Then, after a chance encounter with a leprechaun, Jamie finds himself growing the biggest potato in the world.
But what will happen when the potato grows too large for Jamie and the villagers to handle?
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About the Author
Tomie dePaola was born in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1934, to a family of Irish and Italian background. His determination to create books for children led to a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and an MFA from the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland, California.
His particular way with color, line, detail, and design have earned him many of the most prestigious awards in his field, among them a Caldecott Honor Award for Strega Nona, the Smithsonian Medal, the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his “singular attainment in children’s literature,” the Catholic Library Association’s Regina Medal for his “continued distinguished contribution,” and the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion. He was also the 1990 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration, and received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for lifetime contribution to children’s literature in 2011.
DePaola has published almost 200 children’s books in 15 different countries over the past 30 years. Among his most well-known titles are the Strega Nona series, 26 Fairmount Avenue, and The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush.
DePaola lives in an interesting house in New Hampshire with his four dogs. His studio is in a large renovated 200-year-old barn.
“Wonderful! Preschool teacher read the first part of the story aloud and then had the kids devise ways to deal with that huge potato. They couldn’t wait to find out how Jamie solved the issue. And they got the humor of overabundant potatoes. The illustrations are perfect.”
“I am a teacher and use this book in my classroom! My students loved it!”