Sweet Potato Pie
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 when 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 the seeds of a lucrative family enterprise. First time author Lindsey’s down-home storytelling quality is charming and the handmade ‘Sweet Potato Pie’ quilt recalls Faith Ringgold’s use of unique quilt illustrations in ‘Dinner at Aunt Connie’s House’. Riley-Webb’s artwork uses broad, energetic strokes and its strong color palette sweep children into this tasty tale, and the included pie recipe makes the experience complete.