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Two of Everything

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  328 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Mr. Haktak digs up a curious brass pot in his garden and decides to carry his coin purse in it. When Mrs. Haktak's hairpin slips into the pot, she reaches in and pulls out two coin purses and two hairpins--this is a magic pot!

Book Details: Format: Hardcover Publication Date: 1/1/1993 Pages: 32 Reading Level: Age 5 and Up
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 1st 1993 by Albert Whitman & Company
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Kalisha Mohammed
After reading this book to my students, I will have them do an activity called Seeing Double. Students will be grouped with a partner. One student will roll one number cube. He/she will place the number rolled in the square on their Seeing Double activity sheet. Student will select that number of plastic chips and place them on the desk. Their partner will hold up the doubling machine (handheld mirror) behind the chips so that he/she can see the reflection. Student will count all of the chips (t...more
Rosemary
While digging in his tiny garden, old Mr. Haktak uncovers a mysterious, ancient brass pot. He doesn't remember such a pot having been there before. Thinking that his wife will know how to make use of it, he hauls it home. It is so heavy, that he cannot carry his coin purse separately, so he tosses it inside. Once home, Mrs. Haktak peers into the pot, losing her hairpin in its brass depths. That hairpin helps her discover the curious object's magic. When she reaches inside to retrieve it, she gra...more
Hoang Shin
This is a really cute story about a poor old couple who finds a magic pot. Whatever they drop into their pot would magically multiply by two! They of course take advantage of the pot by doubling all their gold coins in order to afford groceries from the market. The old man and woman end up accidentally falling in the pot and making duplicates of themselves. They are troubled at first, but then decided that having the extra couple as best friends was not too bad at all.
In literacy, I would use th...more
Jayna
Mr. and Mrs. Haktak lived a simple life until Mr. Haktak stumbles across a magical pot while working in the field. They discover that the pot can make two of everything! They take advantage of their new pot and get quite a surprise when Mrs. Haktak falls in one day.
Ellie
This was a absolutely adorable book! Mr. Haktak and Mrs.Haktak found a magic pot one day and had absolutely no idea what it was until they decided to carry a coin purse in it. And when they took it out, they had two! They continued to do the same with their coins to multiply their money for groceries and on accident, Mrs.Haktak fell into the pot! I won't ruin the story for you about what happens but I might even stop here when reading with my class and teach students to make predictions of what...more
Bonnie Pohlig
Cute story. Fun way to introduce input/output number patterns. Everything they put in the pot comes out doubled. Put in 5 coins, you get 10 out.
Arissa
A married Asian couple live together in a happy little village, when the husband finds a magical brass pot. They discover it doubles things and are very happy until Mr. Haktak falls in creating jealousy and trouble. The husband realizes Mrs. Haktak needs a double as well and puts her in the pot, creating her double. They are content with having another couple around. This story could be used to compare it with realistic stories. Students can use a comparison chart to determine the differences an...more
Abigail
When poor Mr. And Mrs. Haktak discover a large pot in their garden, they soon find this is no ordinary pot. Whatever is placed inside the pot comes out doubled. Because of this magic, they find themselves in trouble when they accidentally fall in the pot themselves. The illustrations of this book were very interactive and detailed. The wording was a fair amount per page, sometimes extensive. I wouldn't recommend this for under preschoolers age because the concepts may be hard to understand. Earl...more
Marfita
A charming book with cute illustrations (see? I can like books, too!) by Lily Toy Hong. Mr. Haktak finds a lucky pot that duplicates everything thrown into it. He and Mrs. Haktak look forward to a future filled with comfort until Mrs. Haktak falls in and suddenly there are two of her! The original Mrs. Haktak wants her husband all to herself and somehow they accidentally end up with another Mr. Haktak as well. But all is not lost! With the limitless comfort offered by the magic pot, they decide...more
Renee
Mr. and Mrs. Haktak are the main characters in the book, Two of Everything. I absolutely love this book the illustrations are charming, and the story is set in the heart of China. The Haktak's find a magical pot; when they bring the pot home, and start putting things inside the pot, the mystery begins! The book is a perfect text-to-world read because of the books setting, but also because this is a morality tale. The book uncovers the importance of being content and thankful for what one has, in...more
Deidra
Written and illustrated by Lily Toy Hong. Published by Albert Whitman and Company, copyright 1993.

Grade 1st or 2nd

An elderly Chinese couple finds a magic pot that creates a twin of anything that is put in the pot. One day the well-meaning couple accidently falls in. Now they each have an identical twin. They end up becoming best friends with their clones and have a wonderful life together.

This story has lovable characters that you could describe as "noodle heads." Kids will like the fun premise...more
Amy
I like this book. I thought it was originally going in the direction where when the book was over we'd guess which moral they were trying to convey, but it ended in a different way. I think it's a cute story and would enjoy reading it in my classroom. I would most likely follow it up with either a share circle or a drawing activity of what the kids would put in such a pot if they had one. It can be fun to imagine these things as long as we keep the greediness in check. It lacked the moral messag...more
Madison Bopp
After listening to the story, I would ask students "What would happen if you put 6 marbles into the magic pot?" They would then need to solve the problem using pictures, numbers, or words to show how they solved the problem. I will provide students with 100 charts and counters and each student will have a copy of the book, this will be for a small group math activity. After they solve the 6 marbles problem, I would have students choose other objects to put into the magic pot and show what would...more
Sonam_ranani
Two of Everything is a great book to learn about doubling and repeated addition. This book is about a poor, old couple that finds a magic pot. They realize every time they put something into the pot, it doubles! They soon put everything they want into the pot to obtain doubles. Before long, they double themselves and get into a bit of trouble. This book is great for making predictions about what the couple would put next into the pot. It is also a great way for students to complete a fun activit...more
Britt D.
This was a fun book. I will use this book to introduce my students to doubling. After reading the book I will pass out a worksheet and unifix cubes. The worksheet will have two columns (In and Out) The student will write a number in the (in) column to represent the amount of an object they will place into the pot. Then the students will double that number either in their head or using the unifix cubes and write that amount on the paper in the (out) column. After the students have completed the w...more
Kelley
Provides a great opportunity for opinion writing and math extensions.
Heidi
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Frank Lee
The concept of doubling is being demonstrating in effective fashion in this story. I also think students will be very interested in the story because it is applicable to something they can relate to. I think the concepts and actions described in the book can be applied to a number of classroom activities and even math workshop. Overall, I think this book is an excellent way for young students to learn the process of how doubles work because the content and instruction is explained in a way young...more
Alison Slack
Language Feature: rhyming and phonics.
Mary Bennett
Two of Everything is a fun folktale for all ages. Mr.Haktak digs up a brass pot and things begin to multiply right in front of his eyes. The fun really begins when Mr.Haktak and his wife fall into the magic pot. This is a funny story for children that can teach right and wrong. There is also an element of teaching mathematics. In the story coins and other objects start to multiply. This would be a fun story to read in a classroom. A teacher can have students make their own magic pot then fill it...more
Michelle Marcano
This is the story of an old couple who finds a lucky pot that makes two of everything. This Is a great math book but it is also great to teach predictions by having the students guess what they think will happen next in the story or what items will go on tin the pot. This story also contains some onomatopoeia that will be fun to use in the classroom. This is a great story for teaching sequence of events as there is always an outcome to everything placed in the pot.
Chanae Wills
In “Two of Everything” there is an old couple who is poor. The husband, Mr. Haktak, digs up a brass pot in the field and brings it home to his wife. They soon discover that the pot doubles whatever they put in it! I would use this book to teach my students about doubling (multiplying by 2). Once my students understand that concept, we can move on to multiplying higher numbers like 3 and by pretending like the pot tripled or quadrupled whatever was put in it.
Isabel Hernandez
This is an awesome book for introducing the concept of doubles to my students. Not only does it do a great job at showing real world examples but it also makes cultural connections with Chinese heritage which is an important part of the IB curriculum taught at my school. What i like the best is the fact that i can have my students create their own story about doubles after we read the book and illustrate it, or bring their own sets of doubles from home.
Lyndsey Hurm
Two of everything is a very popular children's book that I have seen in many classrooms so far. I think that it is a very cute book that can not only be used in a doubles math lesson but also to teach about a culture other than American culture.

For a math lesson it would be fun to bring in a large pot and have the students put things like crayons and pencils in the pot and then tell me how many should come out.
Amber Adams
I loved this book! This book was about a farmer and his wife who find a mysterious pot. This pot has a special power that doubles anything dropped in. This book can be integrated into my classroom to talk about addition, consumers, producers, and selling. I could ask my students to blindly grab a number if chips and double the chips. This can be used as a mini lesson to introduce this as a center.
Rachel Yingling
This is a super fun story. The two main characters in this book find a pot that magically creates doubles of everything. They realize that if they put something into the pot it will come back out with a double of it. They love it until Mrs. Haktak falls into the pot and comes out with a double of herself. They have a problem to solve and they come up with a great solution.
John Jones
This was also an awesome book that connected with the content of doubles. This literature also taught multiplication by 2. Everything they pulled out of the pot either was doubled which teaches doubles in numbers as well as the multiplication of 2. I will use this book to teach those strategies of understanding doubles as well as multiplication facts of 2.
Carly
Dec 03, 2007 Carly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: grades 2-6
This is a cute book about a chinese couple who find a magical pot that duplicates everything. I really enjoyed it and I think kids would too because it is so fictitious and fun to think about a pot that makes two of everything! It is a traditional chinese folktale with some noodlehead similarities. It would be a great book to read during a folktale unit.
Cat
Cute story! Apparently this is (based on) an old Chinese story, which means like most moral-orientated stories, it can be predicable - but this presents a great teaching opportunity for kids (i.e. "what do you predict will happen?"). Thankfully the story is quick, short, and to the point without being too overt. Plus the pictures are adorable!
Ms.
This sweet book was a true delight. The odd illustrations are also delightful. No real moral to the story, i.e. though one might expect it to tackle greed it does not, but very enjoyable. This was the perfect book to read with a young reader as the pages are longer than a traditional children's book and the words were good to practice on.
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