The Gigantic Sweet Potato

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The Gigantic Sweet Potato

By Dianne de Las Casas; Marita Gentry (Illustrator)

Pelican Publishing Company, Hardcover, 9781589807556, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 2, 2010


"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 an award-winning author, storyteller, recording artist, and founder of the celebrated November Is Picture Book Month initiative. She hunts and pecks a good story everywhere she goes. Her work has earned rave reviews from School Library Journal, Booklist, and Kirkus. She performs worldwide at schools, conferences, and special events and is the author of many picture books with Pelican, including Mama's Bayou, The House That Witchy Built, and Blue Frog: The Legend of Chocolate. She lives with her family in Harvey, Louisiana.

Marita Gentry is a professional artist whose artwork is featured in galleries throughout Louisiana. A recipient of numerous awards and commissions and an accomplished teacher, she is involved in several artist-in-residence programs each year. Gentry's other titles with Pelican include Beware, Beware of the Big Bad Bear!, Madame Poulet and Monsieur Roach, The Cajun Cornbread Boy, The Gigantic Sweet Potato, There's a Dragon in the Library, and Dinosaur Mardi Gras.