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Raising Sweetness
Stanley, Diane.
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Publication Information:
New York : Putnam's, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Sweetness, one of eight orphans living with a man who is an unconventional housekeeper, learns to read and writes an important letter to improve their situation.
Reading Level:
530 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.0 0.5 28541.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.8 2 Quiz: 21490 Guided reading level: O.
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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

Author Notes

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.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 4

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-8. The kindly but dim-witted sheriff of Possum Trot has adopted Sweetness and her seven fellow orphans to get them away from mean Mrs. Sump at the orphanage. Although he is a loving man, he is one heck of a bad cook, whether he's serving up tuna soup or banana-and-pickle pie. As in Saving Sweetness (1997), it's capable Sweetness who takes things in hand and reunites the sheriff with his long lost (and far more sensible) sweetie. Using the sheriff as the narrator, Stanley tells the story in a hilarious Texas idiom ("They's all just as cute as kitten pajamas"), and young readers will love the contrast between the sheriff's point of view and what they know to be true. Karas' illustrations match the wacky tale perfectly, getting an amazing amount of expression out of the round heads and tiny pinpoint eyes of the characters. The twangy style begs to be read aloud, but be sure to also give children a chance to pore over the illustrations and enjoy the comical details. --Susan Dove Lempke

Publisher's Weekly Review

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. Here, the orphan octet urges him to find a mate. Ages 5-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-An orphan adopted by a kindhearted sheriff helps reunite her new Pa with his long-lost sweetheart. A laugh-out-loud tale, narrated in a droll Texas drawl and illustrated with cartoon collages. (Jan.) (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-In Diane Stanley's delightful sequel (Putnam, 1999) to Saving Sweetness (Putnam, 1996), little Sweetness is no longer an orphan. She, and the other orphans, were all adopted in the first book, and now things should all be maple syrup and hotcakes. Well, things are, but syrup doesn't really belong on potatoes, if you get my drift. Their new pa is a well-meaning man, but he is somewhat flawed when it comes to the basics of day-to-day survival with children. The kids are quick to catch on that this man desperately needs a wife who can teach him that forks aren't for combin' hair and peanut butter doesn't really go with spaghetti. Not that they're complainin', mind you. Things are better than they were, but they could be better yet and, with Sweetness's help, they will be. This old-west story, with a touch of the tall tale, is read in a slow and easy fashion by Tom Bodet, who handles the first-person narrative with just the right level of cluelessness. Appropriate background music and occasional sound effects augment the presentation. Younger children will enjoy the story, while older ones will catch all the tongue-in-cheek humor. Teachers will delight in the wordplay. This story has more figurative language than a hound dog has fleas. All in all, this is a delightful production that's good for just plain listening, and for seeing good writing in action as well.-Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.