Little Sweet Potato by Amy Beth Bloom

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"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 on his journey and begins to wonder if maybe he is too lumpy and bumpy to belong anywhere. Will Little Sweet Potato ever find a home that's just right for him?

Amy Beth Bloom and Noah Z. Jones have created a funny and timeless tale about appreciating one's self, lumps and bumps and all, and finding a community that takes all kinds.


About Amy Beth Bloom

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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
Published August 21, 2012 by Katherine Tegen Books. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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Accidently uprooted from his garden patch, a sweet potato is repeatedly excluded from other gardens before landing in just the right place.

Aug 18 2012 | Read Full Review of Little Sweet Potato

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As he is rebuffed by eggplants, flowers, and squash that keep to their own kind (the carrots tell him he’s “lumpy, dumpy, and—we have to say it—you’re bumpy”), he realizes that he “didn’t know the world had such mean vegetation in it.” Eventually, Little Sweet Potato finds a pla...

Aug 13 2012 | Read Full Review of Little Sweet Potato

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I thought that the bad vegetables were mean, mean, mean.

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