Rootabaga Storiesby Carl Sandburg
Gimme the Ax decided to let his children name themselves. "The first words they speak as soon as they learn to make words shall be their names,"
Twenty-five stories in a whimsical Rootabaga vein -- from beloved American poet Carl Sandburg. The whimsical, sometimes melancholy stories, which often use nonsense language, were originally created for his own daughters.
Gimme the Ax decided to let his children name themselves. "The first words they speak as soon as they learn to make words shall be their names," he said. "They shall name themselves." When the first boy came to the house of Gimme the Ax, he was named Please Gimme. When the first girl came she was named Ax Me No Questions. And both of the children had the shadows of valleys by night in their eyes and the lights of early morning, when the sun is coming up, on their foreheads. And the hair on top of their heads was a dark wild grass. And they loved to turn the doorknobs, open the doors, and run out to have the wind comb their hair and touch their eyes and put its six soft fingers on their foreheads.
"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 dimensions:
- 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)
- Age Range:
- 8 Years
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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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.