Raising Sweetness by Diane Stanley
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Ever since the kindhearted sheriff done adopted little Sweetness (and all them other precious orphans), things has been darn near perfect out in Possum Trot. Only problem is, the meals is just a mite too interestin' (such as pickle and banana pie) and the housekeepin' is downright peculiar. Ever so often, them young 'uns start to wishin' their sweet pa would go and get hisself married. When a mysterious letter arrives one day, Sweetness figures it might be the solution to all their problems?if only they can learn how to read it! But don't worry. She's done it afore; she can do it again. Leave it to Sweetness to save the day! Diane Stanley and Brian Karas' Saving Sweetness was chosen as a Best Book of the Year in School Library Journal, Booklist and American Bookseller, and reviewers praised the "rollicking telling... that begs to be enjoyed aloud."?Booklist
 

About Diane Stanley

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Diane Stanley was born in 1943 and was raised in Abilene, Texas. She later attended both Trinity University and Johns Hopkins University. Her portfolio of children's book illustrations was creative enough for her to begin publication in 1978. She became an art director for G.P. Putnam & Sons and later began retelling and illustrating classic children's books. Stanley has revamped the fairy tale, Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter and has also researched the children's biographies Cleopatra and Leonardo Da Vinci. She also illustrated her mother's book, The Last Princess. Tom Bodett grew up in Michigan and settled in Alaska twenty years ago. He became a nationally known radio personality through his work with National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," and his syndicated variety program "The End of the Road Radio Show." He is also widely known for his advertising work including those for Motel 6, "We'll Leave the Light on For You," and claims it is the only line he ever needed to say. Bodett raises his son in Homer, Alaska, and makes frequent odysseys South. G. Brian Karas has illustrated many children's books, including "Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!" by Candace Fleming, "Incredible Me" by Kathi Appelt, and the High-Rise Private Eyes series by Cynthia Rylant.
 
Published September 1, 2003 by Live Oak Media (NY). 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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The kind sheriff of Possum Trot (Saving Sweetness, 1998, not reviewed) has taken a small platoon of orphans under his inept wing to get them away from the evil hands of Mrs. Sump, the orphanage director who “was meaner than a skilletful of rattlesnakes.” The sheriff has a big heart but is woefull...

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In what PW called "an equally charming sequel," an unmarried sheriff labors to be a good parent to little Sweetness and her seven fellow orphan "siblings" whom he adopted in Saving Sweetness.

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In the amiable Saving Sweetness, Stanley and Karas introduced a clumsy and golden-hearted sheriff who adopts little Sweetness and her seven fellow orphans.

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