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The Great Potato Plan

Published Date: July 23, 2012

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Joy Nelkin Wieder
5.5 x 8.5 inches



While Papa is away in America setting up a new home for his family, the Great War breaks out, leaving Mama and the children trapped in Europe. Very soon they run out of money and food.

Simcha, the oldest boy, knows that Papa expects him to keep the family safe–and so begins this adventure. Life is hard, food is scarce, and the Russian soldiers are cunning and dangerous.

Based on true events from the author’s own family history, The Great Potato Plan describes the joys, fears, trials and triumphs of a young boy in World War I Poland.

Featuring easy vocabulary, black and white illustrations, and short chapters designed for new readers eager to read.


The Great Potato Plan

Written and illustrated by Joy Nelkin Weider

ISBN: 978-0-922613-89-2 / LCCN: 99-62137

Softcover / Pages 106 / Ages 7-10 / List price $12.95

Publication Date: June 1999



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About the Author:


As a child, Joy often heard the tales of her family’s heroic efforts to come to the United States. She is thrilled and proud to present their story in The Great Potato Plan. Joy graduated with honors from The School of Fine Arts of Washington in St. Louis and moved to New England. After the birth of her first child, she launched a successful design business, while working toward publication of her first children’s book. The Great Potato Plan is her second book for children.

Joy lives in suburban Boston along with her husband and three children.

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