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ROOTABAGA
STORIES

 

BY

CARL SANDBURG

 

ILLUSTRATIONS AND DECORATIONS
BY
MAUD AND MISKA PETERSHAM

 
 

NEW YORK
HARCOURT, BRACE AND COMPANY

COPYRIGHT, 1922, BY
HARCOURT, BRACE AND COMPANY, INC.

 

Published, October, 1922
Second Printing, October. 1922
Third Printing, November, 1922
Fourth Printing, November, 1922
Fifth Printing, December, 1922

 
 
 
 
 

PRINTED IN THE U.S.A. BY
THE QUINN & BODEN COMPANY
RAHWAY. N. J

TO
SPINK AND SKABOOTCH

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CONTENTS

1.

Three Stories About the Finding of the Zigzag Railroad, the Pigs with Bibs On, the Circus Clown Ovens, the Village of Liver-and-Onions, the Village of Cream Puffs

How They Broke Away to Go to the Rootabaga Country3

How They Bring Back the Village of Cream Puffs When the Wind Blows It Away19

How the Five Rusty Rats Helped Find a New Village29

2.

Five Stories About the Potato Face Blind Man

The Potato Face Blind Man Who Lost the Diamond Rabbit on His Gold Accordion41

How the Potato Face Blind Man Enjoyed Himself on a Fine Spring Morning45

Poker Face the Baboon and Hot Dog the Tiger53

The Toboggan-to-the-Moon Dream of the Potato Face Blind Man59

How Gimme the Ax Found Out About the Zigzag Railroad and Who Made It Zigzag65

3.

Three Stories About the Gold Buckskin Whincher

The Story of Blixie Bimber and the Power of the Gold Buckskin Whincher73

The Story of Jason Squiff and Why He Had a Popcorn Hat, Popcorn Mittens and Popcorn Shoes79

The Story of Rags Habakuk, the Two Blue Rats, and the Circus Man Who Came With Spot Cash Money89

4.

Four Stories About the Deep Doom of Dark Doorways

The Wedding Procession of the Rag Doll and the Broom Handle and Who Was in It99

How the Hat Ashes Shovel Helped Snoo Foo105

Three Boys with Jugs of Molasses and Secret Ambitions109

How Bimbo the Snip's Thumb Stuck to His Nose When the Wind Changed123

5.

Three Stories About Three Ways the Wind Went Winding

The Two Skyscrapers Who Decided to Have a Child133

The Dollar Watch and the Five Jack Rabbits141

The Wooden Indian and the Shaghorn Buffalo151

6.

Four Stories About Dear, Dear Eyes

The White Horse Girl and the Blue Wind Boy159

What Six Girls with Balloons Told the Gray Man on Horseback167

How Henry Hagglyhoagly Played the Guitar With His Mittens On175

Never Kick a Slipper at the Moon185

7.

One Story—"Only the Fire-Born Understand Blue"

Sand Flat Shadows191

8.

Two Stories About Corn Fairies, Blue Foxes, Flongboos and Happenings that Happened in the United States and Canada

How to Tell Corn Fairies When You See 'Em205

How the Animals Lost Their Tails and Got Them Back Traveling from Philadelphia to Medicine Hat213

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FULL-PAGE ILLUSTRATIONS

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He opened the ragbag and took out all the spot cash money
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Then the uncles asked her the first question first
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They held on to the long curved tails of the rusty rats
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"I am sure many people will stop and remember the Potato Face Blind Man"
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His hat was popcorn, his mittens popcorn and his shoes popcorn
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They stepped into the molasses with their bare feet
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The monkey took the place of the traffic policeman
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So they stood looking
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It seemed to him as though the sky came down close to his nose
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Away off where the sun was coming up there were people and animals
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There on a high stool in a high tower on a high hill sits the Head Spotter of the Weather Makers
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