“Children will enjoy the story and be encouraged to have delicious fun in the kitchen.”
—Holly Clegg, spokesperson for the Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission and author of the Trim & Terrific cookbook series
“A charming tale, cooked up with Southern sass. Made to be read aloud and savored.”
—Bruce Hale, author of Snoring Beauty and the Chet Gecko series
“Another winner from a talented writer and storyteller.”
—Robert D. San Souci, author of The Talking Eggs
When Ma Farmer gets a hankering for some sweet potato pie, she decides to plant a sweet potato in her garden. But when it comes time to harvest, the sweet potato has grown to be so enormous that it is stuck! So Ma grabs Pa, but the sweet potato still won’t budge. Soon Bessie Cow, Ralphie Dog, and Kitty Cat join in to help; that sweet potato sure is stubborn. When itty-bitty Lily Mouse offers to help, everyone soon learns that a small and mighty effort can yield GIGANTIC rewards.
This sweet adaptation of the Russian folktale “The Giant Turnip” features vibrant watercolor illustrations to accompany the singsong text. Ma Farmer’s secret (and kid-friendly) recipe for sweet potato pie and sweet potato fun facts complete the book.
About the Author
Dianne de Las Casas is a critically acclaimed author, award-winning storyteller, and recording artist. She performs at schools, libraries, festivals, and special events and is a frequent speaker at national and state library and education conferences. She is the author of The Cajun Cornbread Boy, Madame Poulet and Monsieur Roach, and Mama’s Bayou, all published by Pelican. De Las Casas lives with her family in Harvey, Louisiana.
About the Illustrator
Marita Gentry is a professional artist who has her own painting and teaching studio, Studio Marita, in southern Louisiana. Her vivid illustrations have earned her numerous awards and commissions. An accomplished teacher, she is involved in several artist-in-residence programs each year. This is the third book Gentry has baked with Dianne de Las Casas. She lives in Walker, Louisiana.
THE GIGANTIC SWEET POTATO
By Dianne de Las Casas
Illustrated by Marita Gentry
JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
JUVENILE FICTION / Lifestyles / Farm & Ranch Life
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
31 color illus. Fun Facts Recipe Note