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Oickle, Don.

Illustrated by Sue Skaalen. Charlottetown, Ragweed Press, c1985. 31 pp, paper, $5.95, ISBN 0- 920304494. CIP

Pre-School-Grade 2
Reviewed by Fran Newman

Volume 13 Number 6
1985 November

If you knew you were to read a story of a Prince Edward Island potato that had grown too big, you would be able to predict the rest: his peer potatoes would give him a hard time, right? Right. But in the end he would win out, right? Right again, in fact the prize for the Potato Beauty Contest. There is not too much to be put in the middle of such predictability, but Don Oickle has made a good effort. Because Edgar Potato is so near the surface, he gets to see and experience much of the lovely Prince Edward Island scenery. This makes up in part for the insults he receives from his smaller neighbour potatoes. He will not, they jeer, be able to become a wonderful baked or French fried or instant mashed potato. His fate will be to be made into pig food. After winning his beauty prize, Edgar's last comment is "Maybe being bigger than all the others isn't so bad after all! "Obviously children listening to the story who are not Little Miss or Master Average in size (or any other so-called normalcy) will relate to Edgar.

Sue Skaalen's pencil drawings are attractive, especially the larger scenes of the Prince Edward Island farm,and there is a notable drawing of baby Edgar wearing a diaper that little children will enjoy. This little paperback will provide a touch of whimsy to any primary study of Canada. As such, it is worth the price.

Fran Newman, Murray Centennial P.S., Trenton, Ont.
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