Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato: An Irish Folktale

Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato: An Irish Folktale

by Tomie dePaola


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"Illustrated in dePaola's signature style, this has an inviting look. Buoyant watercolors are framed by thin orange borders....An engaging read-aloud choice for St. Patrick's Day." — BooklistA Cheery picture book, with the artist using the lighter, brighter side of his palette....Attractive and amusing." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780698116030
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 01/27/1997
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 87,862
Product dimensions: 7.95(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

Tomie dePaola was born in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1934, to a family of Irish and Italian background. His determination to create books for children led to a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and an MFA from the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland, California. 

His particular way with color, line, detail, and design have earned him many of the most prestigious awards in his field, among them a Caldecott Honor Award for Strega Nona, the Smithsonian Medal, the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal for his "continued distinguished contribution," and the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion. He was also the 1990 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration, and received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for lifetime contribution to children's literature in 2011.

DePaola has published almost 200 children's books in 15 different countries over the past 30 years. Among his most well-known titles are the Strega Nona series, 26 Fairmount Avenue, and The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush.

DePaola lives in an interesting house in New Hampshire with his four dogs. His studio is in a large renovated 200-year-old barn.


Connecticut and New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1935

Place of Birth:

Meriden, CT

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Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato: An Irish Folktale 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After buying this book for my great nephew and grandson, when I read the story I was surprised as it gave the lesson that being lazy is ok. I will definately read through a child's story before I buy in the future!
lapd00duke More than 1 year ago
Good read, but teaches kid to accept handout instead of working hard
jenvid on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jamie is lazy, and does not help with the garden when his wife his sick. He makes a deal with a leprechaun, and grows a large potato, blocking the town's entrance. This is a comical story, even though I do not like how the main character is lazy and lets the wife do all the work. I would incorporate this book when learning about Irish culture and folklores. We can look into the importance of growing potates in Ireland, and tie in some History.
MarthaL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A lazy little Irish man is desparate to provide for his sick wife. On his way to church he overhears singing and a tapping sound and wouldn't you know; it's a leprechaun.A delightful story to read in honor of St. Patrick's Day
lakertraw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, this story contained some elements of Jack and the Beanstalk. The laziness of Jamie O'Rourke also reminded me of Rip Van Winkle, another husband who was lazy and put all the responsibility on his wife. I am still not sure if it was intentional that he would have his neighbors provide food for him or if it was pure coincidence.
Brooke28 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this book the very lazy husband who wants his wife to do all the work. She gets injured and can not do the work so Jamie, being cunning plants a big potatoe seed when grows into the enormous potato. He then has to be clever and find a way to solve the problem of the huge potato.
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beckipo More than 1 year ago
This is a folktale that kind-of promotes laziness becasue he finds a way to make everyone else in town do his work for him. I usually like Tomie dePaola books, but I was disappointed in this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a cute book. I gave it to my Grandson for St. Patrick's Day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son loves this story. We have to read it over and over.