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date: 21 September 2019

Rootabaga Stories (1922) 

The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature

Daniel Hahn

A collection of *nonsense tales by the American poet Carl Sandburg (1878–1967), about the ‘big, big, Rootabaga country’. Its capital is the Village of Liver and Onions and its inhabitants include the Potato Face Blind Man, a small girl named Wing Tip the Spick, and Jason Squiff, the Cistern Cleaner, who dresses in popcorn. Tales in the book include ‘How They Bring Back the Village of Cream Puff When the Wind Blows It Away’, and ‘The Two Skyscrapers Who Decided to Have a Child’.... ...

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