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Raising Sweetness (Sweetness)

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  112 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
Ever since the kindhearted sheriff done adopted little Sweetness (and all them other precious orphans), things has been darn near perfect out in Possum Trot. Only problem is, the meals is just a mite too interestin' (such as pickle and banana pie) and the housekeepin' is downright peculiar. Ever so often, them young 'uns start to wishin' their sweet pa would go and get his ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 15th 1999 by Putnam Juvenile
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Lisa Vegan
Jul 29, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: readers who liked the book Saving Sweetness
This book is the sequel to Saving Sweetness and it’s a worthy sequel. I didn’t find it quite as funny and didn’t like it quite as much, mostly because I already knew the formula before I started reading, but it still has a great deal of charm and wit, and it is amusing and sweet and clever. I do think the first book should be read first, but this book also works fine as a standalone.

This book screams to be read aloud, with accent and all. The dialect is what contributes to its humor.

Even when e
Melanie Abril
Sep 01, 2014 Melanie Abril rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This good-humored sequel to Saving Sweetness is told from the point of view of a kind-hearted sheriff, the new parent to six little orphans. Although he is the loving and caring “Pa”, he is a bit eccentric. His idea of a sweet treat is a pickle and banana pie and all the children ask is if he ever thinks about getting married.

One day a letter arrives at the family’s home in the town of Possum Trot. Only they do not have any idea as to what it is, until the littlest of the bunch, Sweetness, expl
Cindy Sa
Jan 26, 2014 Cindy Sa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Raising Sweetness
On the first page of the story, the designing of the introduction is very cute. There are some clothes and the paper what have some words on it. Although it is very long and the words are too tiny, but I read all of them. It just said something about the published about this book.
This is a sequel book for the Saving Sweetness. In this book, there was a gentleman who adopted seven children. He worries about what to rustle up for dinner everyday. He brought up all these seven chi
LesLee Sanders
This book is a tale of a foster cop who is raising orphans. He had a girlfriend who sent him a letter than he couldn't read. The child named "Sweetness" has a teacher who helps her learn to read. She is able to right the girlfriend a letter. The story ends with the girlfriend returning to say she missed the cop. They then get married and she helps raise the orphans and becomes the school's new teacher.
I have a student who is getting adopted this week and I love that one of the girls who was adop
Aleasha Atoruk
Jan 18, 2016 Aleasha Atoruk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was silly. I enjoyed the spelling errors, they made me laugh. You could tell the book was written in a southern dialect. It's a very sweet story.

I like how the illustrations were telling their own story sometimes- apart from the writing. Sweetness is clearly the brightest of the bunch, even smarter than her dad, because she does all the cooking and takes the lead in the book. It was a good book about family taking care of each other and always having each other's back, no matter the ta
Jessica Navarrete
Raising Sweetness is a children's book about Pa' and his eight adopted children. One day he received a letter and realized he couldn’t read it. Sweetness, one of his daughters said she once went to school and they were learning how to read but her teacher then moved away. She offered to go back to school and learn how to read but unfortunately the substitute that replaced her teacher was the mean lady that used to run the orphanage. Instead, Sweetness attended school but only watched from the w ...more
Lori Smith
This book would be best read aloud by someone who can read it with the wittiness and fun southern accent in which it is written. The book could be used to not only discuss adoption, but also to show the importance of learning to read.
Sep 03, 2014 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I believe this is a strange but endearing love story. A Sheriff decides to take in eight orphans who had lived a rough life. He is raising them alone but I'm not sure if any Sheriff today would actually do this. He has a broken heart and the children know this. They live in a small town where people don't go to school. The Sheriff nor the children can read. One day they decide they want to read a letter so they all begin to learn to read. One of the main characters is Sweetness a little girl. Sh ...more
Sep 02, 2014 Katherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an adorable book about a man trying to raise eight little kids on his own. He struggles to get by, but he loves the children deeply and only wants what's best for them. One day they get a letter and run into a problem: they don't know how to read. This problem turns into a fun adventure for them learning how to read. This book has a fun dialect that makes reading it more interesting.
I think this is a great book for children because of just how fun it is to read. When a book is fun to re
Leyla Shill
I really loved reading this book. What makes this book so great is it is not written how a book typically would be written, which keeps it interesting and exciting throughout the story. The message of the story is the importance of reading. The reader learns this from the main character and how he cannot read and the trouble he and his daughter go through just to read a letter. The problem they faced could have been avoided if they knew how to read in the first place. I would recommend to read t ...more
Jan 18, 2016 Nomre rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Raising sweetness" by Diane Stanley is a book about a single, lovable, eccentric man who has eight adopted children. The story is based on one of the children who's name is sweetness. One day the man gets a letter in the mail but no one in the house knows how to read. Sweetness and her father try to learn to read so that they can read the letter. Although i felt the language and content could be somewhat confusing to children, I did enjoy reading it. It is eccentric, cute and funny and I really ...more
Isabelle Jimenez
Sep 02, 2014 Isabelle Jimenez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was super cute, and when reading it aloud to my boyfriend, I actually started speaking in the accent that the author typed the story in! I liked the message of it, that children learning to read is very crucial, and also, the type of person who instructs the teaching is important and they need to be involved and informed. It sent a good message about knowledge and reading, and had an overall happy feel to it. The illustrations in the book were drawn well, and provided more insight to t ...more
Nov 20, 2012 Heidi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Raising Sweetness, by Diane Stanley. (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1999) Contemporary Picture Book

Summary – Peanut butter spaghetti? Using butter to clean windows? In this sequel to Saving Sweetness, a little orphan sets out to save she and the other seven orphans from the well-meaning attempts at cleaning and cooking from the sheriff that adopted them. It is imperative that she find a wife for Pa before they all starve to death. This is a cute, hilarious story about a not-so traditional family.

Brittany Baker
To me, this book shows the importance in learning to read. If Sweetness had not snuck to school to learn to read, the family would have never understood what the letter said. Without reading the letter, the man would have never been reunited with the love of his life. In today's life, there is so much that one would miss out on if they could not read. Our society is driven by reading and writing. Another point that stands out to me in this book is the amount that the characters sacrifice. The ma ...more
Sep 02, 2013 Meridith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Raising Sweetness is the witty and inspiring sequel to Saving Sweetness. The lovable sheriff is back after adopting eight precious orphans and is ready to perform his fatherly duties. The sheriff's bizarre meals and unconventional housekeeping have the children asking “have you ever thought about getting married Pa?” As the question keeps arising throughout the story a mysterious letter arrives, but no one can read it, including the sheriff. Sweetness, the teeniest of the orphans and the heroine ...more
Sep 10, 2013 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Raising Sweetness is a fun and loving story showing the importance and determination of learning to read. This story consists of a group of young orphans living under the wing of a Sheriff. The orphans as well as little sweetness are desperate in learning to read as well as finding the sheriff a wife. These curious young children constantly ask him why he does not have a wife. Through learning to read and exploring words and letters, little sweetness secretly steps up in finding the sheriffs tru ...more
Jul 10, 2015 Aprils rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like the way the children kept asking him, "You ever think about getting married?" every time he made a mistake around the house, as if the purpose of women were to perform domestic chores. I don't think that women should be portrayed in children's books as people who take care of the house.
Jan 23, 2011 Jose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I must say this book was hard to read aloud as I wasn't use to reading all the intentional grammatical errors in it. I wouldn't say this book is good for a beginner reading either as it's a little long for them. However, this book has a great storyline where at the end of the story, the "Pa" in the story meets his love again (who lived away originally) and marries her.

Throughout the story, "Pa" takes care of many orphans by himself. He also didn't know how to read, which also meant he couldn't
Raising sweetness is actually the sequel to saving sweetness so i just assumed it fit under the same category. Some of the pictures are full blleed and some of them are just half of the page. The text is taped onto the pictures adding a cilly three d effect. The humans and the food in the book look as though they were drawn with colored pencil. the colored pencil and tape effect give the book a feel of something someone just wiped up by hand and glued together. You can tell that the book is base ...more
Luke Sanchez
Jan 22, 2014 Luke Sanchez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Raising Sweetness was a really fun book to read. The voice in the story was comical. I read it in a southern accent and it felt so wrong but yet so right with all the intentional grammatical errors. It is a great story for younger children and it also promotes the importance of learning how to read. In addition G. Brian Karas did an amazing job with the illustrations.
LeAnn Forystek
The way this book was written bothered me a little bit, but I know the reason was to show the importance of teachers. It was a cute idea to say the least and the children's attitudes were very sweet and helpful.
Erin Stuhlsatz
Mar 04, 2015 Erin Stuhlsatz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s

From "I was so distracted that I forgot Tommy's pants had a tear in them and didn't buy tape for three days running!" (approximately) to "I cleaned the windows for her. I didn't even use lard--I used real butter!", Pa is a hilariously incompetent housekeeper. Despite his HORRIBLE cooking (I'd make tuna stew, but that didn't go over so good last time) and lack of reading skills, his love for the eight orphans he adopted (probably in the last book, Saving Sweetness) shines through as they tr
Shannon Tisone
This is a cute book, but for grades 4-5 I would say. I read it to my second graders and they did not enjoy it as much as I thought they would, nor did they understand it to the best of their ability. I chose to do a walk-thru the book instead and they really enjoyed that.
Jordan Santoro
Jan 16, 2012 Jordan Santoro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was perhaps the most entertaining, witty, and clever children's books I have read. I read this book without reading its prequel, and therefore, I was completely caught off-guard with the grammar and dialect. The "old South" accent makes the book tough NOT to read aloud and adds a very spunky sense of humor. While "Raising Sweetness" offers humorous and light-hearted illustrations,it also shows young readers just how important reading is in everyday life. Sweetness's accomplishments are ...more
Oct 13, 2011 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s, 2011, picture
Plenty of bad grammar and word play make this a fun story for adults to read to kids. Pa adopts eight kids and does his best to raise them right. Lovers of Amelia Bedelia will like this far more advanced version of adults doing things wrong. Pa does plenty of things backwards and has great expressions.

The main plot point is that Pa and the orphans don't know how to read. Slowly but surely, they learn their A's and B's and 3's and 4's. Finally, Sweetness figures out how to read and solves Pa's b
Alaina Sloo
The sequel to the delightful Saving Sweetness continues the story of the sheriff and Sweetness. Another fun read-aloud book for kindergarteners and first graders with the same narrative device that young children love: the sheriff tells the story, but the readers know a lot more than the sheriff does. Saving Sweetness is my favorite of the two stories, but Raising Sweetness still sets kids giggling. Care for some tuna fish soup?
Sandra Vicars
Sep 05, 2011 Sandra Vicars rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rdg-334
A cute story about a sheriff that has adopted a posse of children from the evil Mrs. Sump, including Sweetness. No one in the family knows how to read, including the sheriff, so they are unable to read a letter that arrives. Sweetness decides that she will go to the school and learn to read. She learns bits and pieces and responds to the writer of the letter. Soon the sheriffs old lady friend returns. Raising Sweetness is not one of my favorites.
Jul 11, 2011 Shelli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic read aloud to share if you like making different or silly voices when you share a story. That is the ONLY way to read and enjoy this silly book about a kind but backward retired sheriff who has adopted eight orphans. The children kindly but frequently ask their father "do you ever think about getting married." This question should be followed up with an elbow to the ribs with HINT HINT being whispered into this mans ear.
Teri-mae Delay
Nov 29, 2014 Teri-mae Delay rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rdg-goodreads
"Raising Sweetness" is a ridiculous book. I understand that children's books need dialogue but this book abuses that power. The simple fact that the main adult in this book didn't know how to read had me stunned. Especially when raising so many children. Luckily a teacher saved the day. I would not read this book to my children. I rated this book with one star because it does teach a valuable lesson; stay in school.
Aug 30, 2011 Robyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was pretty good, but seemed really long for a picture book. I enjoyed reaidng it, but I think if I were to ever read it to students they'd at least have to be in 3rd grade or so. There is a LOT of writing on each page and I don't know if most kids could sit through it. It's a good tsory though for kids to learn about what exactly an orphan is, and good topic for discussing with your kids.
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