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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When the old becomes new, the familiar strange, and the ordinary extraordinary indeed, it will be time to read these stories again. Each group of stories was prefaced by a list of characters that 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.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Rootabaha and Privacy Policy. Occasionally he invents words, such as “pfisty-pfoost,” the sound of the train’s steam engine, and “bickerjiggers,” the buttons on an accordion. There doesn’t seem to be any hint in the Sandburg bio that he was inspired by the Kipling tales, but it seems likely Aug 08, Jane rated it liked it.

Wife and Widow Abraham Lincoln: In the section we just finished he was working on the first volume of his Lincoln biography. Sandburg went on about the storyteller, “In fact, he sometimes indicates that when he needs an animal or fool not yet seen or heard of, he can make it for himself and give it a character so it is real to him, and when he talks about it and tells its story, it is like telling about one of his own children.

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So I suspect the best way to sttories it is to read it aloud to a child, don’t worry about method and let the language and sansburg wash over you. I can’t put my finger on what turned me off here, although there did seem to be an und I had been assuming that my distaste for Sandberg stemmed from having to read that same Fog poem in school every year. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted, and if it meets our criteria, we’ll add it to the article. For example, in “Three Boys with Jugs of Molasses and Secret Ambitions,” ambition is defined as “a little creeper that creeps and creeps in your heart night and day, singing a little song, ‘Come and find me, come and find me.

I got this book as a Goodreads giveaway. Jan 01, Julie rated it it was ok Shelves: Jul 13, Lupine rated it it was amazing Shelves: The fact that it’s only part one of two made my youngest daughter groan, but I promised that stogies take a week off before starting the next one 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.

Mar 09, David Hammond rated it liked it. I loved the lyrical language, but I really wasn’t a big fan of the nonsensical words or the repetition.

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I absolutely love this book because it stogies more than just one story it is a collection of lots of stories just about each chapter is a new story. Tolstoy, Kipling, Clemens, Huxley, Dickens, Thackeray – well, it looks like this club is open to anyone who can write. Help us improve this article! Rootabaga Stories stories by Sandburg. To ask other readers questions about Rootabaga Storiesplease sign up.


Although the events of the stories may not be explainable, the stories are replete with concrete images. The umbrella that peels the potatoes with a pencil and makes a pink ink with the peelings stood up and said, “I am the umbrella that peels the potatoes with a pencil and makes a pink ink with the peelings.

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Any text you add should be original, not copied from other sources. I welcome dialogue with teachers. Lists with This Book. Great read aloud books for children and others. But no, apparently I don’t like him.

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The narratives are very fluid, but nonsensical, and while the words tripped off my tongue very easily, half the time I had no idea what the point of sttories story was or what the author was talking about. I am the umbrella that tells the sky when to begin raining and when to stop raining.

Trivia About Rootabaga Stories. But these aren’t fairy tales, or even stories.