Puppet Show & Storytime! Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato!

Join us for a special puppet show based on Tomie DePaolo's book, Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato!

This is a FREE event! Please register all children who are attending at the Eventbrite link HERE. Adults will be standing-room only or seating in the café.

Jamie O'Rourke is the laziest man in all of Ireland, far too lazy to help his wife on their farm. Then, after a chance encounter with a leprechaun, Jamie finds himself growing the biggest potato in the world. But what will happen when the potato grows too large for Jamie and the villagers to handle?

Tomie dePaola was born in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1934, to a family of Irish and Italian background. His determination to create books for children led to a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and an MFA from the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland, California. His particular way with color, line, detail, and design have earned him many of the most prestigious awards in his field, among them a Caldecott Honor Award for Strega Nona, the Smithsonian Medal, the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal for his "continued distinguished contribution," and the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion. He was also the 1990 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration, and received the Children's Literature Legacy Award for lifetime contribution to children's literature in 2011.

DePaloa has published almost 200 children's books in 15 different countries over the past 30 years. Among his most well-known titles are the Strega Nona series, 26 Fairmount Avenue, and The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush.

DePaola lived in New Hampshire with his four dogs and worked in a large renovated 200-year-old barn which served as his studio until his death in 2020.


Event date: 
Saturday, March 11, 2023 - 11:00am to 11:30am
Event address: 
900 NW Mt. Washington Drive #110
Bend, OR 97703
Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato: An Irish Folktale By Tomie dePaola Cover Image
ISBN: 9780448450902
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Published: Grosset & Dunlap - January 22nd, 2009