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Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato: An Irish folktale / by Tomie dePaola


Title:
Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato: An Irish folktale
Author: Tomie dePaola
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap
ISBN: 978-0-448-45090-2
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.

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Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

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