Little Sweet Potato by Amy Beth Bloom
Illustrated by Noah Z. Jones
Genre: Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues
Ages 4 to 7, Grades P to 2
Pages: 32 Hardcover
Date Published: August 21st, 2012
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s
It’s not all mulch and sunshine out there.
When Little Sweet Potato rolls away from his patch, he is forced to search for a new home. He stumbles upon some very mean plants and flowers on his journey and begins to wonder: Is he too lumpy and bumpy to belong anywhere? Will Little Sweet Potato ever find a home that’s just right for him?
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 for providing an ARC for review.*
Amy Beth Bloom, Writer-in-Residence at Wesleyan University, has been nominated for a National Book Award and a National Book Critics Circle Award for her adult fiction. This is her first book for young readers. You can visit her online at www.amybloom.com.
Noah Z. Jones is an author, illustrator, and animator. He has illustrated numerous books for children, including Not Norman by Kelly Bennett and Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts. Noah lives with his family in Los Angeles, CA. You can visit him online at www.noahzjones.com.