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

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

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Author Rose McGee

Illustrations by Christopheraaron Deanes

Minnesota Historical Society Press (August 15, 2023)

From the creator of Sweet Potato Comfort Pie, 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: their grandmother, "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 to share. They shop and select, measure and stir. They taste the pie batter and watch Mama put the pies in the oven. They assist with every step. Still, they think there might be some magic involved. Does Mama sprinkle fairy dust into her pies?

When the pies are finally ready, neighbors stop by for a slice and some comfort. Some folks look a little sad when they arrive. After they taste Mama's pies, they 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. 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 Pie, travels across the United States to deliver pies and nurture relationships. After George Floyd's murder in 2020, her caring community pie baking and delivery gained recognition from NBC Nightly News, The Lily, Reader's Digest, and Guideposts, and she was featured in the 2015 PBS documentary A Few Good Pie Places. McGee resides in Golden Valley, Minnesota, where she was named "Citizen of the Year" in 2017.

Christopheraaron Deanes is an artist and educator working to build creative equitable spaces that support and engage communities. As an artist, Christopheraaron is represented in local galleries and has created metal enamel sculptures as well as murals sited throughout the Twin Cities. As an educator, he works in the administration offices at Fridley Public Schools and with communities of color around Minneapolis and St. Paul. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Cara, and five amazing children.


  • 32 pages
  • Ages 3 to 7
  • Hardcover
  • 10 in H | 10 in W 
  • ISBN: 9781681341996

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