Minnesota Historical Society

Can't Nobody Make a Sweet Potato Pie Like Our Mama!

$ 17.95

Author Rose McGee

Illustrations by Christopheraaron Deanes

Minnesota Historical Society Press (November 16, 2021)


From the creator of Sweet Potato Comfort Pies, this heartfelt family story shows how a grandmother's particular way of caring wraps her loved ones and her neighborhood in a cinnamon-scented hug

Marie and Landon bicker about many things, but on one topic they agree: Mama makes the best sweet potato pies. Those pies are so tasty--and their grandmother is so good at so many things--the twins sometimes wonder: Does Mama have superpowers?

Marie and Landon love to help Mama bake pies for the neighborhood. They shop and select, measure and stir. They taste the pie batter and watch Mama put the pies in the oven. Even though they assist with every step, they are not quite sure what makes Mama's pies so delicious. Does Mama sprinkle fairy dust into her pies when their backs are turned?

When the pies are finally ready, a parade of neighbors stops by for a slice and some comfort. Folks who look a little sad when they arrive taste Mama's pies and leave laughing and singing. The twins marvel at the neighbors' transformation. Why do Mama's pies inspire so much joy?

Mama's generosity and kindness bring comfort to all she meets. Her stories reflect the power of community when there is plenty of good food and loving care. Maybe, the twins realize, the magic isn't in the pies. Maybe it's in their Mama.

Author information

Rose McGee, founder of Sweet Potato Comfort Pies, has traveled across the United States to deliver pies and nurture relationships.

Christopheraaron Deanes is an educator and artist as well as a director of the Roho Collective, a group that supports artists of color in the Twin Cities.

  • 32 pages
  • Hardcover
  • 10x10 inches
  • ISBN: 9781681341996

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