Thursday, February 19, 2009

It's Sweet Potato Month!

February is Sweet Potato Month... and this is odd, at least to me! I'd have thought it might be maybe November? But, I guess since it's February, I'll share some "sweet" literature with you for today! Sweet potato books are somewhat hard to come by, but this one was definitely a sweet read!

Lindsey, Kathleen.
Sweet Potato Pie.
Lee & Low Books.

Ages: 4-8
Genre: Fiction
Guided Reading Level: N/A

Having faced a terrible drought that left unusable vegetables, one family is struggling to pay back the $75 they owe the bank in loans. As cool weather finally sets in, allowing some rain to fall, the sweet potato crop is the only spared by the summer's intense heat. With little else to do to raise the money to save the family farm, Mama sets about, sending children on errands to collect the necessary ingredients after Papa comments about how delicious Mama's Sweet Potato Pie is. The family settles on trying to sell Sweet Potato Pies at the Harvest Celebration. While sales start out very slowly, the family soon sells out of pies and leaves with an arm's length list of orders.

The story taught an important lesson about what teamwork allows a family or group of people to accomplish, as the family is able to pay back the $75 in loans!