The Magic Pot

written and illustrated by Patricia Coombs

A demon in the guise of a magic pot outwits a greedy, rich man and brings wealth and happiness to a poor old fellow and his wife.

A little red demon turns himself into a cast iron pot. The pot is found by an elderly man who is down on his luck and looking for work, but has just been turned away by a rich man. When he returns home he tells his wife he's found this great pot he can sell... once he's rested up a bit.

As the old man rests the pot begins to stir and dance about on its feet on the shelf, saying 'hucka-pucka'. “Where will you hucka-pucka to? “asks the old woman. 'To the rich man's house and back again,” replies the pot. And that he does.

He tricks the rich man's servants to make use of the pot in various ways: a stock pot, as a place to store butter, as a holder for the good silver, and eventually as a place for the rich man himself to place his gold as he greedily tallies his excessive wealth.

Each time, 'hucka-pucka', the pot returns to the elderly couple, who are overjoyed to have the basic necessities and simple comforts, and to no longer be facing starvation. The last time the demon offers to go 'hucka pucka' the poor couple thank the pot profusely, but tell the pot/demon that there is no need, as they have all they need to live well the rest of their days.

Drawn in black and white with little dabs of red, the simple illustrations enrich the text. Faces and body language are very expressive; the antics of a skinny little cat add humor and detail. Storytime listeners will soon be caught up in asking “Where will you hucka-pucka to?”