Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., 1951. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair with age wear with sticker applied to front inside board . 218 pages . No dust jacket. Red, pictorial cloth with black lettering. Hinge cracked . Book measures about 8 by 5 1/2 inches. Illustrations and decorations by Maud and Miska Petersham. Featuring such stories as :
How They Bring Back The Village of Cream Puffs When the Wind Blows it Away.
The Two Skyscrapers Who Decided to Have a Child
The White Horse Girl and the Blue Wind Boy
How Henry Hogglyhoagly Played the Guitar with His Mittens On
How to Tell Corn Fairies If You See 'Em
and many more.
Note This books by Carl Sandburg features whimsical, sometimes melancholy stories, which often use nonsense language that were originally created for his daughters.
The "Rootabaga" stories were created by Sandburg as he wanted to create "American fairy tales" to match American childhood as he thought that the European stories involving royalty and knights etc. were inappropriate. His stories area a fictionalization of the American Midwest featuring trains, farms and corn fairies etc . Many of his stories are told by the Potato Face Blind Man, an old minstrel of the Village of Liver-and-Onions who hangs out in front of the local post office. Simply Charming !
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