Rootabaga Stories

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Joyous, humorous, poetic, and always uniquely American, Carl Sandburg's Rootabaga Stories are an important part of our children's literary legacy. In inimitable prose, Sandburg created Rootabaga Country-where the railroad tracks go from straight to zigzag, where the pigs have bibs on, and where the Village of Cream Puffs floats in the wind-and populated it with baby balloon pickers, flummywisters, Poker Face the Baboon and Hot Dog the Tiger, the White Horse Girl and the Blue Wind Boy, corn fairies, blue foxes, ...
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Overview

Joyous, humorous, poetic, and always uniquely American, Carl Sandburg's Rootabaga Stories are an important part of our children's literary legacy. In inimitable prose, Sandburg created Rootabaga Country-where the railroad tracks go from straight to zigzag, where the pigs have bibs on, and where the Village of Cream Puffs floats in the wind-and populated it with baby balloon pickers, flummywisters, Poker Face the Baboon and Hot Dog the Tiger, the White Horse Girl and the Blue Wind Boy, corn fairies, blue foxes, and many more fanciful characters. Rootabaga Stories, Part One is irrepressible, zany Americana-an anthology to delight admirers of Sandburg's genius.

A selection of tales from Rootabaga Country peopled with such characters as the Potato Face Blind Man, the Blue Wind Boy, and many others.

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The Classics CornerCarl Sandburg's 1920 Rootabaga Stories and 1923 More Rootabaga Stories are back, in all their goofy read-aloud glory, in handsome cloth and paper reissues with interior illustrations by Maud and Miska Petersham. As the tales begin, Gimme the Ax's family sells everything they have pigs, pastures, pepper pickers, pitchforks and prepares to move as the neighbors speculate: They are going to Kansas, to Kokomo, to Canada, to Kankakee, to Kalamazoo, to Kamchatka, to the Chattahoochee. (Apr.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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"Takes the home-bred American fantasy of The Wizard of Oz even further."—School Library Journal

"Glorious for reading aloud."—The New York Times Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152690618
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/1988
  • Series: Little Barefoot Bks.
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 5 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

CARL SANDBURG (1878–1967) was twice awarded the Pulitzer Prize, first in 1940 for his biography of Abraham Lincoln and again in 1951 for Complete Poems. Before becoming known as a poet, he worked as a milkman, an ice harvester, a dishwasher, a salesman, a fireman, and a journalist. Among his classics are the Rootabaga Stories, which he wrote for his young daughters at the beginning of his long and distinguished literary career.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2010

    No Michael Hague Illustrations!

    Contrary to the publisher's information, this book contains no illustrations by Michael Hague. The Michael Hague illustrations apparently appear in these two editions: Rootabaga Stories, Vol. 1 ISBN-13: 9780152690618 ISBN: 0152690611 Rootabaga Stories, Part Two, Vol. 2 ISBN-13: 9780152690625 ISBN: 015269062X I recommend against buying the Nabu Press edition, particularly if you are looking for an edition with Michael Hague's illustrations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2007

    Outstanding - for me

    This is the kind of story that held true for me years ago as a child, but now I must travel many miles to see the kind of land and wilderness that this book describes - but it's worth it - ten times over! Stories like this are healthy for kids because they get them to leave their homes for a while and go into the wooded areas of their town or city - and that's not a pity.

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