The Magic Porridge Pot

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1979 - Children's stories - 32 pages
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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. "A familiar folktale is given a medieval setting in Galdone's lively, sunny pictures which have the effect of posters with their clear blocks of color." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The story of the magic porridge pot gone out of control is an old favorite (and one of ours) and Galdone gives it an amusing twist by having the mother forget the magic words (frantically shouting ... Read full review

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User Review  - shillson - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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About the author (1979)

Paul Galdone was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1914 and emigrated to the United States in 1928. After finishing his studies at the Art Student League and the New York School of Industrial Design, Mr. Galdone worked in the art department of a major publishing house. There he was introduced to the process of bookmaking, an activity that was soon to become his lifelong career.
Before his death in 1986, Mr. Galdone illustrated almost three hundred books, many of which he himself wrote or retold. He is fondly remembered for his contemporary style, bright earthy humor, and action-filled illustrations, which will continue to delight for generations to come.

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