The Carl Sandburg Collection
Carl Sandburg (January 6, 1878 – July 22, 1967)
is beloved by generations of children for his Rootabaga Stories and
Rootabaga Pigeons, a series of whimsical, sometimes melancholy stories he originally created for his own daughters. 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 populated his stories with skyscrapers, trains, corn fairies and the "Five Marrrrvelous Pretzels".
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Works Inspired by Carl