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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I believe Sandburg wrote the stories to tell to his own children as American cxrl tales set in a country more familiar to American children than the forests, mountains, moors and country side of Europe and involving more familiar sorts of home spun characters than princesses, knights, witches, wizards, fairies and dragons. The stories, loosely strung together, have no narrative arc, nor do they embody an memorable alternative world.

I would sandbyrg it makes no sense but then there is probably a lot in life like that for a youngster. And if two boys go to the grocery for a jug of molasses together it is just like always. Sandburg’s prose begs to be heard – reading it to yourself is loses the rhythm and alliteration and all those other poetry tricks that he was a master of.

Nov 21, Andria Hall added it Shelves: I welcome dialogue with teachers. I was slightly less displeased by the ones that seemed to try for less humor and more melancholy, like the two Skyscrapers Who Decided to Have a Child, but it still seemed sad and pointless.

They do indeed sound surpassingly odd to modern ears, since they play with a rural America sstories gone, a midwestern America mostly de-populated and a richness of language that rolls off the tongue like old port.

Perhaps that time has come. I can’t put my finger on what turned me off here, although there did seem to be an underlying unpleasantness that didn’t mesh well with the overlay of fluffy surrealism. However, I found that they lacked the charm of European fairy tales.

Occasionally he invents words, such as “pfisty-pfoost,” the sound of the train’s steam engine, and “bickerjiggers,” the buttons on an accordion. I really enjoyed the fact that I cral instantly smile and giggle from a the title of a story.

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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.


Nonsense versehumorous or whimsical verse that differs from other comic verse in its resistance to any rational or allegorical interpretation.

He felt that the European stories involving royalty and knights were inappropriate, and so set his stories in a fictionalized American Midwest called “the Rootabaga country” filled with farms, trains, and corn fairies.

They often relied on verbatim repetition of long phrases, and there was little plot or character development in any of them. For almost a century and a half, America was merely a group of colonies scattered…. Jan 29, Greg Kerestan rated it liked it. I read this several times as a child and am currently re-reading it. The title tells exactly what is happening.

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The fact that it’s only part one of two made my youngest daughter groan, but I promised that we’d take a week off before starting the next one Carl SandburgAmerican poet, historian, novelist, and folklorist. 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 the wedding and some of the different characters in the wedding procession will make you laugh.

American literature, the body of written works produced in the English language in the United States. Mar 19, Estott rated it really liked it. Carl Sandburg’s irrepressible, rootabsga, and completely original Rootabaga Stories and More Rootabaga Stories will stand alone on children’s bookshelves–when they aren’t in children’s hands.

Rootabaga Stories is like an amalgamation of mad libs, Dr. I first read this book years ago, if I recall sanndburg. Though the names were unique and there was an occasionally striking image, overall I didn’t much care for these short stories.

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We’re in the land of the pigs with bibs on, the village of the cream puffs, the village of Liver-and-Onions, the rusty rats, the potato face blind man, Any Ice Today, and millions of zizzies hizzing with little hizzers on their heads.

I was not, on my own, able to get into the groove of this book, its repetition and random wackiness. These are something a little less than stories, a little more than literary nonsense.

There’s a lot of invention here, on occasions it gets contrived and perhaps a bit precious, but when Sandburg is in full flow the words are like nonsensical music- the overall effect being more important than the narrative.


Mar 19, Isabella B rated it it was amazing. I love fairy tales and was excited to read Carl Xarl collection of American fairy tales. I used to open at coffeehouses by reading this. I loved sndburg lyrical language, but I really wasn’t a big fan of the nonsensical words or the repetition. I would recommend this book for students in grades Paperbackpages. I am the umbrella that tells the sky when to begin raining and when to stop raining. Sep 28, Isabelle rated it liked it. The genre encompasses a wide range of works, including acknowledged classics of world literature, picture books and easy-to-read stories written exclusively for….

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That life is arbitrary and we shouldn’t expect good luck or happy endings? So I suspect the best way to ssndburg it is to read it aloud to a child, don’t worry about method and let the language and imagery wash over you. This was marked as “juvenile” but I think it would work better for adults.

He knows, it seems, that young people are young no matter how many storiws 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 keep a fresh child heart and, to the last, salute the dawn and the morning with a mixture of reverence and laughter.

Still, we read this book in small bites, usually one short story each night with breaks in between, so it wasn’t overwhelming. There he sits with his eyes never looking out and always searching in.

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Each story has a one eootabaga illustration that is just as whimsical as the story itself. Please try again later. He won two Pulitzer Prizes, one for his poetry and another for a biography of Abraham Lincoln.

He modeled his expansive fictional land on the American Midwest. Rootabaga Stories stories by Sandburg.

Maybe I will understand why by the time we get to the end.