Rootabaga Stories [Carl Sandburg, Maud And Miska Petersham] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Welcome to Rootabaga Country– where. Presents Sandburg’s fanciful, humorous tales peopled with such characters as the Potato Face Blind Man, the Blue Wind Boy, and many others. Rootabaga Stories. By. Carl Sandburg. Author of “Slabs of the Sunburst West,” ” Smoke and Steel,” “Chicago Poems,” “Cornhuskers”.

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Aug 29, Richard Epstein rated it did not like it. Like other national literatures, American literature was shaped by the history of the country that produced it. Views Read Edit View history. Anyway, I found myself loving these.

Rootabaga Stories was followed by a sequel, Rootabaga Pigeonspublished in Sandburg had three daughters, Margaret, Janet and Helga, whom he nicknamed “Spink”, “Skabootch” and “Swipes” -those nicknames occur in some of his Rootabaga stories.

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In that aim, he only partially succeeded — these are very nice childern’s stories but overall they don’t resonate. The “Rootabaga” stories were born of Sandburg’s desire for “American fairy tales” to match American childhood.

Though the names were unique and there was an occasionally striking image, overall I didn’t much care for these short stories.

Sandvurg that strong midwestern voice, reminiscent of a painting by John Stuart Curry or Thomas Hart Benton that saves this book from oblivion. For almost a century and a half, America was merely a group of colonies scattered…. The title tells exactly what is happening. He modeled his expansive fictional land on the American Midwest. Nov 21, Andria Hall added it Shelves: But these aren’t fairy tales, or even stories.


These beautiful new editions retain the original illustrations b Welcome to Rootabaga Country–where the railroad tracks go from straight to zigzag, where the pigs wear bibs, and where the Village of Cream Puffs floats in roootabaga wind. It is basically a funny story about the wedding of the ragdoll and the broom handle it also tells us the people who are in the parade of rootabagx wedding and some of the different characters in the wedding procession will make you laugh.

Carl Sandburg’s Rootabaga Stories

They were often without a strong narrative or satisfying conclusion. The genre encompasses a wide range of works, including acknowledged classics of world literature, picture books and easy-to-read stories written exclusively for….

Return to Book Page. Brought to mind Italo Calvino’s Cosmicomicswhich I read earlier this year.

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He seems to love some of the precious things that are cheap, such as stars, the wind, pleasant words, time to be lazy, and fools having personality and distinction. My own personal favorites: When asked how he wrote the stories, Sandburg replied, “The children asked questions, and I answered them. Our youngest hated it. When the old becomes new, the familiar strange, and the ordinary extraordinary indeed, it will be time to read these stories again.

In the Preface of the little-known Potato Face, Sandburg wrote, “it is in Rootabaga Country, and in the biggest village of that country, the Potato Face Blind Man sits with his accordion on the corner nearest the post office. But no, apparently I don’t like him. Within this text are zany and sometimes silly, however they are wonderful short stories. They seemed to be more about creative character and place names than anything else.


Rootabaga Stories

Wife and Widow Abraham Lincoln: The term made me laugh. He knows, it seems, that young people are young no matter how many years they live; that there are children born old and brought up to be full of fear; that a young heart keeps young by a certain measure of fooling as the years go by; that men and women old in years sometimes roltabaga a fresh child heart and, to the last, salute the dawn and the morning sandburf a mixture of reverence and laughter.

I welcome dialogue with teachers. Jul 01, Nick rated it it was amazing. Since I storiea not in charge, I can only suggest that everyone read them: Each group of stories was prefaced by a list of characters storis appeared in the stories Ax Me No Questions, Wing Though the names were unique and there was an occasionally striking image, overall I didn’t much care for these short stories.

Sandburg was every bit as good an author of children’s stories as he was a poet or a biographer. Interestingly, the first stories were written for his daughter, and I had the same feeling about, for example, The Crows of Pearblossomwhich Huxley wrote for a specific child: He won two Pulitzer Prizes, one for his poetry and another for a biography of Abraham Lincoln.