TWO OF EVERYTHING by Lily Toy Hong

TWO OF EVERYTHING

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Age Range: 4 - 10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Hong, who debuted with the much-praised How Ox Star Fell from Heaven (1991), returns to her Chinese heritage for a kindly tale about an aged couple whose fortunes are improved by a magic pot that duplicates whatever is put into it--a blessing, until old Mrs. Haktak falls in and emerges as twins. Fortunately, their dismay is short-lived: in the ensuing confusion, Mr. Haktak, too, tumbles into the pot, and the new couple and the old enjoy their prosperity together--a happier conclusion than the satirical version in MÅhlenweg's Big Tiger and Christian (1952), where the pot turns out a pile of dead grandfathers who must be buried at great expense by a far less amiable couple. Hong's stylized illustrations, with areas of subtly muted turquoise, purples, and earth colors outlined in magic-marker-broad lines, depict cheerfully doll-like figures in a boldly graphic style that will be fine for group sharing. A lively and entertaining offering. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-8075-8157-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Whitman
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 1993




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