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Carl Sandburg, Rootabaga Pigeons, 1st Ed.

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Carl Sandburg’s Rootabaga Pigeons, the sequel to Rootabaga Stories, in 1st ed; illustrated by Maud and Miska Petersham.

Dedicated “To Three Illinois Pigeons;” I am guessing their names would be Margaret, Janet and Helga!

These whimsical, sometimes melancholy stories, which often use nonsense language,were originally created for the three Sandburg daughters. The girl’s nicknames were “Spink”, “Skabootch” and “Swipes.” Each name appears in both Rootabaga stories, and Rootabaga Pigeons, the sequel offered here.

The Rootabaga stories were born of Sandburg’s desire for American fairy tales to match American childhood. He felt that the European stories involving royalty and knights were inappropriate, and so set his stories in the fictionalized Rootabaga country-that closely resembles the American Midwest-a place filled with farms, trains, and corn fairies.  A large number of the stories are told by the Potato Face Blind Man, an old minstrel of the Village of Liver-and-Onions who watches the world go by from in front of the local post office.

Maud and Miska Petersham are largely responsible for the format used in children’s books.  They are Caldecott winners who wrote & illustrated books with an optimistic vision of Americana. They are known for technical excellence, exuberant color, and the introduction of international folk and modernist themes.

Very good; with minor edge wear and minor shaking, front and hinges starting.

Sandburg, Carl. Rootabaga Pigeons. New York: 1923. 1st ed. 218p., illus. 

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Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 1 in