Reviews for Magic Porridge Pot : A Viking Easy-to-read Classic


Horn Book Guide Reviews 1997
The traditional tales about a hen who fears the sky is falling and a child rewarded for her kindness with a magic pot are retold with very simple vocabulary and short sentences for early readers. Each is illustrated with childlike, bold paintings. The retellings are so thin that they lose much of their original power and fun. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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Kirkus Reviews 1996 December
~ With beginning readers in mind, Ziefert (The Tweeny-Tiny Woman, 1995, etc.) retells the traditional story of the magic pot that won't stop cooking in this entry in the Easy-to-Read series. This time, it is a little girl who saves her mother and the town from a flood of porridge by remembering the right combination of words to shout at the pot. Simple drawings showing a contemporary setting are only part of the recasting process this folktale has undergone. Repeated words and short lines will encourage new readers, and for that, the book is useful. It's just not much fun; the confines of the form, worked to such advantage by Minarik, Lobel, and Rylant (and Nola Buck--see review, above), make for a flat-footed telling here, and since most children know a version of the tale, there's no suspense to engage them. (Fiction/folklore. 4- 7) Copyright 1999 Kirkus Reviews

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School Library Journal Reviews 1997 March
Straightforward retellings of classic tales, written for beginning readers. Henny-Penny is the better of the two because of its fast-paced linear plot and repetitive language. The Magic Porridge Pot, set in today's world, is more complex. The subtle differences in the right and wrong commands ("Little pot, cook" and "Cook, little pot") and lack of repetitive words and phrases require children to have better reading and comprehension skills. Though there are certainly context clues in the full-color illustrations in both books, the style is flat, and the pictures don't capitalize on the opportunity to enhance the stories. Additional purchases for libraries with large beginning-to-read collections. Copyright 1998 School Library Journal Reviews

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