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Pop Corn and Ma Goodness

3.18  ·  Rating details ·  56 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published by Viking Juvenile (first published 1969)
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This was an odd book. I'm not sure what it is about it is about 1940s and 1960s books, but they had some weird topics for picture books during those decades. This one is no exception. It won a 1970 Caldecott Honor award, but was published in 1969. The story has a rhyming text and is about a man and a woman who get together and have a farm, a pet goat and later some children. I will give a warning to parents as this book does mention whipping children and killing bears. I was reading out loud to ...more
Maria Rowe
• 1970 Caldecott Honor Book •

This book is… very odd! I think it would be far better as a read aloud book - the verse sounds like a song. I got this book from the library and they only had one copy - and this is the first book I’ve ever encountered that has a note inside saying “Out of Print - Please Handle with Care.” I have to say I’ve read more than 75% of the Caldecott Winners / Honor books and I’m surprised that this is the first I’ve had trouble getting ahold of - there are far worse Caldec
Rosa Cline
Jan 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
This book was recommended on a website that goes along with The Little House books The Martha Years (Laura's great grandma) Her story takes place in the late 1700's early 1800's. This book I could imagine probably started out as a song that YEARS ago they would sing to their youth. When you read it out loud it's almost a sing song type even if you don't try and sing it :) This was a cute little book. Although my 2 year old granddaughter did sit through the story but she LOVES being read to also. ...more
Dec 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first heard the title of this book, I wondered whether it was going to be a bit corny (sorry), but it turned out to be absolutely delightful. The pen & ink with muted watercolor illustrations are full of energy and imagination. The storyline follows the meeting of the couple, their wedding, building a house and farm, raising animals and a children, and their everyday life. The verse that tells the story is hilarious - DO NOT read this book silently as it has to be read out loud, even ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
This book was such a treat, and I wish it were more widely available. I love the clever wordplay of the text. I think the idea of the parents meeting by collision is such a great, practical metaphor for falling in love, and I enjoyed the fun phrases like "whuppity whoppety" and "prippity propetty." What a shame that I didn't get to read the book aloud - those would have been so much fun to say out loud! The illustrations evoke all the warmth and busyness of summer on the farm, and they perfectly ...more
Aug 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: caldecott
1970 Caldecott Honor. Favorite Illustration: When Pa and Ma have fallen in the puddle and they see each other for the first time and fall in love.
At first this story was a little odd and annoying, but then it just got creepy and horrifying! I mean seriously! "they get them some kids for to whuppitty whoppetty" ?!? This was a 2.5 until then. And the next page talks about how they're brats who run around beating each other and tormenting the dog!
Not a fan.
Brindi Michele
Jul 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
1970 Caldecott Honor

The only thing I liked about this book was the title....

(Oh, and the fact the book is so tattered, someone took the liberty of filling in the torn drawings with their own. Hmmm.)
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars -- A very "of its time" story about a natural-looking couple who "get back to the land."

Veg*n families note: A word about "whippity whopping" childern. Also, the family kills a bear who kills their pet goat. The bear's skin is shown mounted in one illustration.
Jan 09, 2012 rated it liked it

"They get them some kids for to whuppitty whoppetty" Hmmm...
Laura Hoyler
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: caldecott-awards
I wish my parents had read this to me as a child! I loved the word usage- very catchy and fun!

Poor Goat!
Jun 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Fun rhyming story of how they got together and what happened afterwards.
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