Title: Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato: An Irish folktale
Author: Tomie dePaola
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap
Year: 2009 (board book)
Concepts: human resources, natural resources
Review: The laziest man in Ireland, Jamie O’Rourke, would do anything to avoid working, even if that meant taking gold from a leprechaun. A clever leprechaun managed to keep his gold by giving O’Rourke a magic seed instead. Therein starts the tale of how O’Rourke’s choice of a seed over a pot of gold could make his dream of a leisurely life come true. With this book, acclaimed author and illustrator Tomie dePaulo provides teachers and parents with a valuable tool for introducing to younger children the concepts of natural and human resources, wrapped up in an amusing story and appealing illustrations.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children