POT LUCK by Tobi Tobias


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Age Range: 4 - 8
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 When Sophie telephones, Gram urges her to come to dinner ``today''--but ``you'll have to take pot luck.'' Gram defines the term for Rachel, then (to Rachel's puzzlement) spends the day shopping, preparing a festive meal, and tidying the house. The two women--whose friendship goes back to Poland, where it weathered the period when the boys ``were all after Sophie first''--spend a happy evening chatting, Rachel comfortably included. Still, she's puzzled, so as she and Gram snuggle into bed, Gram explains: ``A woman like Sophie Paderewski...you don't feed last night's stew.'' Perfectly reflecting the household's aura of competence and coziness, Malone's scribbly pencil lines- -as pleasantly relaxed as Gram's disheveled hair as she bustles about her kitchen--are warmed with watercolors in delicately faded earth tones. A charming story, with spirited realistic dialogue that's especially entertaining read aloud. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: April 26th, 1993
ISBN: 0-688-09824-X
Page count: 32pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 1993


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