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Little Sweet Potato Hardcover – August 21, 2012

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PreS-Gr 1-Little Sweet Potato's search for a place to belong begins when he is accidentally ejected onto the road from his garden patch. Rolling from field to field, he is repeatedly rejected for his lumpy, bumpy, dumpy exterior by the carrots, eggplants, flowers, and so on, who are all thoroughly unpleasant. "He didn't know the world had such mean vegetation in it." He is completely dispirited when he hears a voice calling to him and saying very nice things. Soon the happy Little Sweet Potato finds himself in the Hodge-Podge Patch, which is filled with friendly and welcoming vegetables and flowers. As one of the pansies tells him, "Some just like their own kind...but we're the kind that likes all kinds." Bloom's text is clever and fun to read while getting her point across, and the dialogue is especially spot-on. Jones's amusing illustrations are filled with great expressions and cartoony goodness. The text is well integrated with the pictures in a layout that works well for one-on-one or group sharing. This simple story of rejection and acceptance will resonate with kids.-Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NHα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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“A tale of rejection and acceptance with echoes of ‘The Ugly Duckling.’” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Heartfelt and heartwarming.” (New York Times Book Review)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (August 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061804398
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061804397
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I found out one of my favorite authors had written a children's book, I had to order a copy. The story allows children to gently learn that although tough times may come, often as a result of chance or difference, there will be a search for change and resolution eventually. This is also a metaphor about diversity. I'm keeping this until the right child comes along!
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My 3.5 year old son loves this book. The first night I read it to him, we read it four times before I cut him off for bedtime. We have read it countless times in the last month.

I loved this book because it is the OPPOSITE of the often repeated, "One of these things is not like the other. One of these things just doesn't belong." Most children's books glorify sameness and finding home in homogeniety. Little Sweet Potato is about accepting and celebrating diversity vs. close-minded mean cliques who only hang with those who look and act like them. It also teaches children that just because some "carrots" or "flowers" behave one way, don't assume that similar "vegetation" behaves similarly, In other words, don't stereotype groups of people based on the actions of a few.

**"You're so nice," said Little Sweet Potato. "I met some flowers who looked just like you, but they weren't very nice." "Some are, some aren't," said a friendly carrot. "We are."

**"Some just like their own kind," one of the pansies said sweetly. "But we are the kind that like all kinds."

I recommend it as a must-read for all preschool and Kindergarten educators and parents as well as any anti-bias or diversity advocates.

Summary: Little Sweet Potato is unceremoniously tossed from the sweet potato patch where he has always lived. Along the way, he encounters homogenous groups of vegetation such as big, rough eggplants and beautiful, fashionista flowers who ridicule him and are downright mean. Little Sweet Potato perseveres, sheds one big tear, hears a kind voice calling him, "bumpalicious", and finds a loving home in the mixed and diverse Hodgepodge Patch.
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This is a sweet book. My second grader picked it out from a stack of books I'd checked out from the library as the book he wanted to read first. It has a simple plot and would be a good bedtime story for a younger child, maybe for age 2 to 5. It is a quick and fairly easy read if your child is old enough to read alone. My son, age 7, started reading it and half-way through said "I like this book."
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I might like this book more than my daughter, but hey- I do most of the reading right now so I get to choose sometimes. Right? I love this book- as it follows a lost "lumpy bumpy and dumpy" sweet potato through the garden as he looks for his home again. Along the way he meets all kinds of different veggies. What I love is this book touches on important topics of groups, snobs, and just kinda mean people but it also shows that not everyone is that way- and sometimes it's hard to know how is nice and who isn't. The message is that some carrots are nice, and some aren't. Some flowers like only flowers, some don't. I have already referenced this book after my little one came home from school and told me about a kid who wouldn't share :) It's all done subtly and with cute bright drawings that I don't think my daughter even knows its teaching her something- Perfect!
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At first I was not sure what to think about a picture book about a sweet potato. But then I realized one of my favorite things is a show that is themed around a bunch of Veggie Tales! So, in the realm of children's books I think a story about a Little Sweet Potato could definitely work. And it does, so much more than I expected. This is a fabulous picture book about fitting in and belonging where you are just right. It is a great way to introduce to children that they will come up against animosity for seemingly no reason at all, but there is always a patch of green that will be welcoming and home. Very cute, and worthy!

*Thanks to HarperCollins Children's for providing a copy for review.*
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I absolutely adore Little Sweet Potato! Author Amy Beth Bloom has written a GEM. The story encourages children to not judge or reject one another based on what's on the outside but to accept everyone because of their special uniqueness. Everyone has a place. I still see some kids who feel like outsiders. Lets remind kids to treat each other with respect and appreciation. If you are looking for a story about acceptance, tolerance, diversity, differences, bullying, kindness....it's all here!
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When the farmer plowed his land, a little sweet potato fell out of his garden patch. Now, he did not fit in. Rolling from garden patch to garden patch, the sweet potato could not find a place to fit in. Then, it rained, and he found the Hodge Podge Patch, with all types of fruits and vegetables, and even flowers. It was a place which the sweet potato could finally call home. Children ages 3-6 will learn about friendship and fitting in.
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Its so hard to find good children's books but this is one! My son is under a year old but we check a few books out of the library every week and I'm slowly building a list of ones worth owning especially for when he is older. This one definitely qualifies. I thinks its a great book about how some people are in "the real world".
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