Samples from the Book

A Special Story

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Getting an Education

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Learning to Cook and Can

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Eating and a Secret

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Teaching and Learning

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Saving Treasures

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A very special story . . .

About a very special grandmother . . . Mama Joe.

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Getting an education . . .

She drove her 1949 black Ford to Fort Valley State College every weekend, a 138 mile round trip, to learn to be a teacher.

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Learning to cook and can in Mama Joe's Kitchen . . .

Mama Joe's Kitchen was always steamy hot in the summer time. Everyone had a job.

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The best way to eat peaches . . . and other secrets.

Grandma Jean-Jean says the best way to eat peaches is with a slice of Mama Joe's special 1-2-3 Pound Cake. Did you know that many of Mama Joe's recipes are in the book for you to try?

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Learning from Mama Joe in a one room school house . . . .

Mama Joe taught in a one-room school house at Daniel Grove School. She taught the children including her children and grandchildren. She always said that kids learn more from what people do than by what people say.

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Treasures saved for a special celebration . . . .

At Christmas-time, they saved the fruits and nuts they gathered to make their best cakes and pies to share with the family.