Rootabaga Stories

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Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1922 - Children's stories - 230 pages
Forty-nine whimsical and humorous stories that introduce such characters as the Potato Face Blind Man, Henry Hagglyhoagly, The Green Rat, The Blue Wind Boy, and many others.
 

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User Review  - joririchardson - LibraryThing

"Rootabaga Stories" reminded me of Dr. Seuss, without as many illustrations and written for children a bit older. I can see it as being a wonderful read aloud, as the story skips along in melodious ... Read full review

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User Review  - zappad0g - LibraryThing

Sandburg created the Rootabaga Country and peopled it with some amazing characters. I'm reminded of stories from myth. Great for sharing with kids, but fun alone, too. Part 2 is just as good. Read full review

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Page 6 - It is a long slick yellow leather slab ticket with a blue spanch across it.
Page 41 - who pass by here going into the post office and coming out, they have eyes— but they see nothing with their eyes. They look where they are going and they get where they wish to get, but they forget why they came and they do not know how to come away. They are my blind brothers. It is for them I have the sign that reads, "I Am Blind Too.
Page 196 - How can we tell corn fairies if we see 'em? If we meet a corn fairy how will we know it?" And this is the explanation the man gave to Spink who is older than Skabootch, and to Skabootch who is younger than Spink: — All corn fairies wear overalls. They work hard, the corn fairies, and they are proud. The reason they are proud is...
Page 93 - Eaters, and all the others who were in the wedding procession of the Rag Doll and the Broom Handle.
Page 214 - The train jumped off the tracks down into the valley and cut across in a straight line on a cut-off, jumped on the tracks again and went on toward Ohio. The conductor said, "If you are going to jump the train off the tracks, tell us about it beforehand.
Page 127 - It must not be a child standing still all its life on a street corner. Yes, if we have a child she must be free to run across the prairie, to the mountains, to the sea. Yes, it must be a free child.

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