Rootabaga Stories by Carl Sandburg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a set of stories that belongs on every "read aloud" shelf, right next to all the Dr. Suess books and the Brothers Grimm and all those Little Golden Book collections. 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. Sandberg wrote these for his children, wanting them to have fairy tales that related to their very American upbringing, and these stories do ring with commerce and expansion and industrialism, but in a way that makes them admirable traits, not something to apologize for.
The two book set I read was beautifully illustrated by Michael Hague, a perfect match of author to artist.
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