Rootabaga Storiesby Carl Sandburg, Michael Hague (Illustrator)
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.
"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
Meet the Author
Carl Sandburg (1878–1967) received two Pulitzer Prizes, for his 1940 biography of Abraham Lincoln and for his Complete Poems of 1951. Before achieving literary fame, Sandburg's occupations included milkman, ice harvester, dishwasher, salesman, and fireman. His classic works include the Rootabaga Stories, written early in his career for his children.
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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.
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.