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Two of Everything

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  770 ratings  ·  143 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!
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published 1993 by Albert Whitman Company (first published January 1st 1753)
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We thoroughly enjoyed this one!
Kalisha Mohammed
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
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.
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-10
Mr. and Mrs. Haktak are couple that live a very simple life. One day Mr. Haktak is digging through his backyard and to his surprise digs up a brass pot. To their surprise they find out that the pot has magic powers. Anything they throw in is multiplied and comes out as double. It is then that both the Haktaks begin to throw in different items and start collecting an abundance of many different things. The pot is working in their favor, it is until the Haktaks find themselves falling into
Devin Warren
Two of Everything has some great illustrations, depicting the old Chinese hills and people, but that's it. There is little to no issue driving the story. This farming couple get by just fine. They run into this magic pot that magically doubles anything you put into it. So what do they do with the pot? They use it to create their own wealth and make new friends (duplicates of themselves.) That's it. The end. Do they use this pot for good and teach the reader a valuable lesson? No. The just print ...more
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
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Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Luisa: 4 out of 5 stars. I really liked it because they kept falling in when they didn't want to and it made another one of them. I liked that they became friends with their doubles.

Logan: 5 stars out of 5. I really liked it because the poor man was digging in his garden and he found a brass pot. He took it home and he put his purse in it with 5 coins. When his wife took it out there were two purses of money! Then they figured out they could put one thing in and get two out. They searched for th
Lin Lin
In this time-tested Chinese folktale, Mr. Haktak and his wife found a pot in their garden, and was amazed at the magic power of the pot, which doubles everything that falls into it. While it is desirable to have two of things they need and get out of poverty, the powerful pot could also bring them trouble.
Tessa Duncan
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: magic, alternative
When Mr. Haktak finds an old pot, he gives it to his wife to figure out what it is. She discovers that the pot creates two of everything, which they use to double their money. One day, Mrs. Haktak falls into the pot creating two of herself. Mr. Haktak falls into the same fate, and they live out their days with four Haktaks.
Israel Waltz
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Genre-Traditional fantasy
This book is a fun read about a pot that starts out as a blessing but suddenly turns into a curse. This story would be really good for teaching students that not every thing is as good as you may think it is at first . I would recommend this book.
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
The story, a retelling of a Chinese folktale, is fun and funny. Gentle, soft illustrations frame the story beautifully. This is an excellent read aloud to include when you want a simple Chinese folktale to enhance teaching/learning about China.
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: math
The magic pot takes input x and returns output 2x... regardless of what x is. Very silly, but fun.
Emily Peery
Sep 18, 2017 rated it liked it
This book would be great for a multiplication math lesson about doubling. The pictures were fun to look at and students would enjoy imagining what they would put in their own magic pot. Picture book
Molly Cluff (Library!)
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was kind of waiting for one more thing to happen plot-wise for this to feel resolved. But then, after they duplicate themselves, they're like "okay, sounds good!"?
Jo Oehrlein
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, math
A magic pot doubles everything put in it, even people!
Feb 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, children, math, family
Read this to 3rd grade classes as part of their math lesson teaching multiplication. It was a creative way to talk about math, blending language/lit/story with doing math.
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great Chinese folk tale!
Feb 29, 2016 marked it as to-read
Title: Two of Everything
Author:Lily Toy Hong
Genre: Non-European Folktale
Theme(s): Luck, wishes
Opening line/sentence: When old Mr. Haktak digs up a curious brass pot in his garden he has no idea what use it can be.
Brief Book Summary: This is a heartwarming story of Mr. Haktak and his wife. The farming couple finds a brass pot in their garden and it is a magical pot that doubles everything. During the story it shows the good and the bad of this new found pot and the couple learns the lesson of
Mary Ledom
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: folk-literature
Two of Everything was a very good book and it continued to make me want to read more. I enjoyed every page and the art work on each page. The art work was calm and collected but still interesting to look at all of the small detail. The storyline was very beneficial and would be very beneficial to my future class. This book would be for a classroom of first or second graders. There is some vocabulary used that could be difficult for some students but at the same time would make great conversation ...more
Rosemary Sullivan
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
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
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Two of Everything is about Mr. Haktak and his wife, an old and poor couple. They grew their food in their little garden. One day Mr. Haktak was in the garden and his shovel struck something hard in the dirt. He found an ancient pot made of brass. He decided to carry back home to find a use for it, but it was very large and heavy. He had his coin purse with five coins inside and put it in the pot for the travels. Once he got home, Mrs. Haktak was inspecting the pot and her hairpin fell in. She re ...more
Dominique Woodbridge
Two of Everything is a Chinese Folktale. One thing I loved about this book was its great illustrations. Young kids would love this book because the story has a sat moving plot, and it is easy to follow along. Beginning readers could also use this book because the illustrations are so detailed that the reader will be able to imply what the story is saying based off of the illustrations. This book would be best to read aloud to a class. It is easy to follow along and children would love it. One th ...more
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Emily Wiegman
Mar 01, 2015 rated it liked it
"Two of Everything" is a Chinese folktale that cautions against having more of everything. The main characters, the Haktaks begin the story very poor and having very little to live on or eat. One day, Mr. Haktak finds a magic pot and by the time he gets home with the pot, he realizes that everything they put in the pot will come out double. The couple become very rich, but also learn a lesson to be careful with what goes into the pot as not everything should be doubled in life. I will use this b ...more
Jan 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Hoang Shin
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: creativity, math, family
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
Brittany Heck
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This story is a Chinese Folktale that I listened to as an audiobook. I would say this story is for children around the age of 6-8 since it is a longer story and has a slightly more complex story line than would be for a toddler. Since it was audio and I can not tell you much about the illustrations. It was still easy to follow the story without images. I think this is a positive for children with disabilities that affect their vision. I thought the story was adorable. It showed the good and bad ...more
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