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Little Sweet Potato Hardcover – August 21, 2012
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“Heartfelt and heartwarming.” (New York Times Book Review)
Top Customer Reviews
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.
*Thanks to HarperCollins Children's for providing a copy for review.*
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I borrowed this book from our local library to read to my granddaughter when she came to visit. I called her my little sweet potato and now she calls me Grandma Sweet Potato! Read morePublished 19 months ago by Laraine MacLauchlan
The only negative was that the package was difficult to open and there was no invoice in the package.Published 23 months ago by Marion A. Knott
Liked it so much I ordered four more! Great story about acceptance and being different. This is a new take on the age old issue of being the odd one out.Published on March 23, 2014 by Kim
This book is full of good thoughts and lessons about how to treat others. Both of my children were charmed by it; they have read it again and again.Published on August 25, 2013 by Leapyfrog