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Sweet Potato Pie

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  39 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
The summer a great drought sweeps across the county, the only crop Sadie's family is able to save is the sweet potatoes. Money is tight, and if Papa doesn't pay back his loan soon, the bank will take away the farm.

Suddenly Mama comes up with an idea sweet potato pies! The family can sell her pies at the Harvest Celebration that starts the very next day. There's not much ti
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Lee & Low Books (first published September 2003)
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Mar 02, 2010 Lauma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in the 1920's in the rural south, an African-American family is faced with financial difficulty when a summer drought has ruined all of their crops except for the sweet potatoes. Mama comes up with the idea to sell her sweet potato pies at the Harvest Celebration to raise enough money to pay the bank loan. Mama, Papa and their four children all pitch in to get the job done in time for tomorrow's celebration. The young children find its not so easy to fetch the milk from the cow, eggs from th ...more
Melissa Stasi
My first impression of this book was that it was full of creatively painted illustrations and my mood throughout the book changed from beginning to end. During the beginning, I got a sad feeling because the father needed to make money but didn't have much time to do so. Then, I got excited once the mother thought of a brilliant idea of making sweet potato pies for money at the festival. Once the sweet potato pies became a success, I got a better feeling because I knew that the family would be ok ...more
Paige Cedergreen
Personal Reaction: I liked this book and the message behind the story, that if you try your best and work together you can accomplish anything.

I would read this book aloud to k-3 students. I think that it has a message that is applicable to all age levels, the importance of family and perseverance as well as working your hardest. I would use this in a lesson about families and I would ask prior to reading about special traditions or things that each family does and how the students feel about th
Mackenzie Sipes
Reaction: I thought this story was really good. My favorite part of the book was the illustrations. I thought the colors added a lot to story as well as detail. I also enjoyed the story line because it is about a hard working family. I thought it was cute too they included a recipe for the pies they talk about in the story.


Independent: I think this book would be good for a second grader to read independently. The story has a good message to it that everyone can benefit from. The pictures
Gracie Larcher
Overall, Sweet Potato Pie was not my favorite. The story itself was fine but in general I got bored reading it. The illustrations were the best part of the book, having lots of different vibrant colors and visible brush strokes.

I believe if you were to have this book in the classroom it would be best suited for second or third grades to read during reading time. The language is descriptive and would expose the kids to new words. The book serves as a reminder to children of the importance of wor
Henna Patel
Summary/ Annotation: This is a wonderful picture book about a family in which there is a mother and father and five children who own a farm. In the story the farm suffers a drought which ruins the crops and everyone is very devastated. The mother decides to make some sweet potato pie to cheer everyone up. Then she comes up with a new idea to sell the pies in a Harvest Celebration. The family works together to make the delicious pies and their pies were so popular and it was a great success.

Melanie Bates
Sweet Potato Pie

Summary: This is a story of a family who works together in a time of desperate need. All the members in the family did what they could to save their family farm. The illustrations in this book are bold and colorful.

Response: I gave this book five stars because I love the message. To me the message of the book is to never give up and when working hard anything can be obtained. I believe this is a powerful and meaningful message for children of all ages. I feel like children give u
When a family is running low on money, they have no idea what to do get enough money to save their farm. When the young daughter comes up with the idea to sell her momma's sweet potato pie's at the local Harvest Celebration, the family puts all hand on board to make it a success. They work together to make the pies, get them to the fair, and promote them until they sell out. The crowd loved the pies so much that they even started taking orders for more. The family got really excited to w
This historical-fiction book is about a family that owns a farm and depends on their crops to give them money to live with. There were five children and a mother and father in this story. The father and the children work on the farm until there is a drought and all of the crops that were on the farm are dried up and they cannot pay back the money that they borrowed to buy the land. Mama made some sweet potato pie to help make the children and the father feel better, and that’s when Mama t
Sara Baker
This book is about what a family does in order to save their farm. The family works together to make as many pies as possible to sell at the Harvest Fest to try to make money in order to keep their farm. The family uses all they have left to make the pies. The only crops that was left from their harvest were sweet potatoes. The illustrations are beautiful! They tied directly in with what the author wrote.

I gave this book five stars because I loved the overall classroom theme. I
(NS) Brea M
Gr. 1-3. Hardship and loss yield sweet results in this homespun tale of a family's collective efforts to save their farm from the auction block. Sadie's family is thrown into turmoil after a drought destroys all but their sweet potato crop. As the mortgage comes due, it looks like the family will have to sell their beloved property until Mama comes up with the idea that they should sell her sweet potato pies instead. Everyone in the family helps make the pies, which win a blue ribbon and plant t ...more
Christine Turner
During a drought in the early 1900s, a large loving African American family finds a delicious way to earn the money they need to save their family farm.
Amy  A.
Jul 26, 2008 Amy A. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is about a family in tough economic times who is in danger of losing their farm. The family in this story decide to work together to pay back the loan. They decide to make sweet potato pies to sell at the Harvest Celebration. The pies are a huge success and people come from all over the festival to eat the pies. The father even sneaks one of the pies into the pie contest and it wins first place! The pie selling is such a success that the family goes home to make pies all night to fill ...more
Laura Rumohr
Oct 31, 2009 Laura Rumohr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kathleen Lindsey created this picture book for children in grades k-3. During a severe drought, one family needed to find a way to make money. Desperate and frustrated, the mother came up with a plan in order to save the family farm. Mother had always made delicious sweet potato pies. The whole family worked diligently at collecting the ingredients and actually baking the pies, so she decided to try to sell them at the Harvest Festival in town. The pies went over beautifully and the fami
Nov 21, 2014 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a heart-warming story about the entrepreneurial and creative spirit that helps to save a family's farm. The narrative is short enough to keep a child's interest and the illustrations are colorful and really complement the story. We were inspired by the way that the whole family pitches in to help the cause and we loved the ending.

It's a fun story to read aloud and we really enjoyed reading it together. I've read this book a couple of times.
Nov 09, 2012 Lyndsi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pb 20. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was colorful and crazy and fun to even look at. The story was both funny and heart-warming and I loved reading it. You could almost feel the warmth and love of the book in the illustrations.
Laree Brown
Mar 05, 2010 Laree Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a great book! It is about a farmer who is about to lose his farm , because he owes the bank for a loan. However, his wife makes a wonderful sweet potato pie at the Harvest Celebration and they were able to keep their farm.
Heather Summers
This book represents the African American farming culture and it even has a sweet potato pie recipe in the back. It is a bit wordier than most other books so it may not be ideal to read aloud in one sitting.
Dec 06, 2012 Jpickering rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweet Potato Pie is a wonderful book that shows how a family should work with each other during a time of hardship. I think it shows students that they should help out with their family whenever possible.
Dianne Norberg
Apr 26, 2012 Dianne Norberg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. It is a great book to teach about scarcity.
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Kathleen D. Lindsey or “Miss Kat,” as she prefers to be called is an author, historian, and storyteller from Clayton NJ. Her first book "Sweet Potato Pie", a notable children’s picture book published in 2003 is still being sold worldwide. "Miss Mattie's Aprons" and "Run, Faredy, Run” both published in 2014 are stories centered around 2 young girls life experiences in different eras. Miss Kat also ...more
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