cover image Rootabaga Stories

Rootabaga Stories

Carl Sandburg. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), $6.95 (192pp) ISBN 978-0-15-204714-6

The Classics CornerCarl Sandburg's 1920 Rootabaga Stories and 1923 More Rootabaga Stories are back, in all their goofy read-aloud glory, in handsome cloth and paper reissues with interior illustrations by Maud and Miska Petersham. As the tales begin, Gimme the Ax's family sells everything they have pigs, pastures, pepper pickers, pitchforks and prepares to move as the neighbors speculate: They are going to Kansas, to Kokomo, to Canada, to Kankakee, to Kalamazoo, to Kamchatka, to the Chattahoochee. (Apr.)