Saving Sweetness

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When Sweetness, the ittiest bittiest orphan in Ms. Sump's orphanage, runs away, it's up to the sheriff to find her and bring her back. The only problem is, Sweetness doesn't want to be saved. She'd rather take her chances with Coyote Pete, the nastiest desperado in the Wild West, than face going back to Ms. Sump. So each time the sheriff catches up to her, she runs away again! How the sheriff finally finds a way to save Sweetness-for good-makes for a hilariously heartwarming ...
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When Sweetness, the ittiest bittiest orphan in Ms. Sump's orphanage, runs away, it's up to the sheriff to find her and bring her back. The only problem is, Sweetness doesn't want to be saved. She'd rather take her chances with Coyote Pete, the nastiest desperado in the Wild West, than face going back to Ms. Sump. So each time the sheriff catches up to her, she runs away again! How the sheriff finally finds a way to save Sweetness-for good-makes for a hilariously heartwarming story that's sure to please.

"Very funny indeed." (The Horn Book, starred review)

The sheriff of a dusty western town rescues Sweetness, an unusually resourceful orphan, from nasty old Mrs. Sump and her terrible orphanage.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Colorful idiom characterizes this witty Western adventure, narrated by an amiable but bumbling sheriff. When "the ittiest, bittiest orphan, little Sweetness" runs away from the local orphanage and its cruel headmistress, the sheriff follows her into the desert. "I was gonna bring that orphan back if it harelipped the governor!" he vows, worried that Sweetness will fall prey to a scorpion, a snake or the outlaw Coyote Pete. Ironically, the sheriff turns out to be the vulnerable one, and Sweetness rescues him three times, with water from her canteen, a snack of toasted marshmallows and a well-placed rock to Coyote Pete's head-all the while dropping hints about adoption. Stanley (Woe Is Moe; Leonardo da Vinci) guarantees a cowpokey twang by droppin' g's and spellin' phonetically, and she milks the narrator's thick-headedness for all its comic worth ("How many times has I gotta save you?" he scolds after Sweetness comes to his aid). Karas (Mr. Carey's Garden; Home on the Bayou) sets the scene with charcoaly pencil illustrations; a palette of pale yellow, sandy brown and cactus green; and tinted cyanotype photos of desert scenery and old-fashioned buildings. Sweetness really is, as the sheriff observes, "cute as a speckled pup under a wagon," and her mustachioed father-to-be has his own goofy charm. Their story is sweet, and worth saving. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Humor abounds in this tongue-in-cheek tale of a sweet little orphan who saves the local sheriff and ends up convincing him to become her new Pa. Sweetness runs away from the orphanage and mean Mrs. Sump demands that the sheriff find her. He heads off into the desert and ends up in one dire situation after another, but never fear, Sweetness comes to the rescue. It is a great read aloud selection, and kids will enjoy the child-like, gouache, acrylic and pencil drawings in muted desert tones.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-A rip-roaring tale featuring a big-hearted sheriff, a high-spirited heroine, and a happily ever after ending, all told in the tongue-rattling twang of the Old West. When Sweetness, the littlest orphan at nasty Mrs. Sump's house, runs away, it is up to the sheriff to save her from the dangers of the desert, including the evil desperado Coyote Pete. However, it never seems to be Sweetness who needs saving. Just as soon as the sheriff begins to stagger with thirst, Sweetness appears with a canteen of water; when he shivers without a blanket, she shows up to build a fire complete with toasted marshmallows; and, as he stares down the barrel of Coyote Pete's loaded six-shooter, there she is, holding a large bolder over the villain's head. Each time they meet, the little girl refuses to return to the orphanage, until the law-enforcement officer finally figures out how to save her "fer good." Telling the tale from the sheriff's point of view, Stanley packs this fast-paced adventure full of language that begs to be read aloud. The contrast between the well-meaning but slow-witted adult and the resourceful and independent child remains funny throughout the story, leading right up to the satisfying conclusion. Combining gouache, acrylic, and pencil drawings with cyanotype photographs, Karas's illustrations evoke the arid landscape of the West yet remain wonderfully original. The positioning of the characters, as well as their expressive features, underscore the humor and emotion in the text. Don't miss this creative collaboration.-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698117679
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 503,355
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.04 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.12 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2000

    The funniest dang book I ever read out loud.

    It helps a whole heap if you spent about 30 years of your natural life in Texas, or know someone who did. This goodhearted shurruff and darlin' little sweetness will warm your heart right up. Youngins under four most likely won't git all the funny parts, unless thur real smart a'course.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2000

    Very Funny Book!

    All children will love this book. Sweetness is a very smart and resourceful little girl who will do anyting not to go back to the orphanage. Everyone will laugh at this book both adults and children alike!

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