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Toy Hong, Lily.
TWO OF EVERYTHING
Morton Grove, Illinois: Albert Whitman & Company, 1993
IL K-3, RL 3.9
ISBN 0807581577
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Mr. and Mrs. Haktak lived in a humble little hut and were very poor. One spring morning as Mr. Haktak dug in his garden he came upon an ancient pot of brass. He thought of taking it home to his wife and find use for it. When he arrived, having put his purse with his last five coins in the pot, he discovered the brass potâ€ôs magic! Mr. and Mrs. Haktak become extremely excited with what they have discovered and throughout their excitement, as Mr. Haktak returns from the village with packages, Mrs. Haktak falls into the pot and the magical brass pot has doubled more than what they wanted to double. Then! Mr. Haktak falls in, and he too becomes two! What will the Haktaks do?

I choose Two of Everything because of the Chinese culture presented through the character names, pictures, and Chinese folktale. Lily Toy Hong retells a Chinese folktale that I found very amusing as well as wise for children. We find these stories throughout many different cultures. We can explain to our students that it was common to teach life lessons through the use of stories in many different cultures.  (Ingrid P. Afre.  afrei@csusb.edu, teacher)

SUBJECTS:     Fairy tales.
                        Folklore -- China.

 
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