Rootabaga Pigeons by Carl Sandburg

Rootabaga Pigeons

 

 

Author of “Rootabaga Stories,” “Slabs of the Sunburnt West, “Smoke and Steel,” “Chicago Poems,” “Cornhuskers”

 

ILLUSTRATIONS AND DECORATIONS BY

MAUD AND MISKA PETERSHAM

originally published by
Harcourt, Brace and Company, Inc., in 1923.


CONTENTS

1. TWO STORIES TOLD BY THE POTATO FACE BLIND MAN

The Skyscraper to the Moon and How the Green Rat with the Rheumatism Ran a Thousand Miles Twice

Slipfoot and How He Nearly Always Never Gets What He Goes After

2. TWO STORIES ABOUT BUGS AND EGGS

Many, Many Weddings in One Corner House

Shush Shush, the Big Buff Banty Hen Who Laid an Egg in the Postmaster’s Hat

3. FIVE STORIES ABOUT HATRACK THE HORSE, SIX PIGEONS THREE WILD BABYLONIAN BABOONS SIX UMBRELLAS, BOZO THE BUTTON BUSTER

How Rag Bag Mammy Kept Her Secret While the Wind Blew Away the Village of Hat Pins

How Six Pigeons Came Back to Hatrack the Horse after Many Accidents and Six Telegrams

How the Three Wild Babylonian Baboons Went Away in the Rain Eating Bread and Butter

How Six Umbrellas Took Off Their Straw Hats to Show Respect to the One Big Umbrella

How Bozo the Button Buster Busted All His Buttons When a Mouse Came

4. TWO STORIES ABOUT FOUR BOYS WHO HAD DIFFERENT DREAMS

How Googler and Gaggler, the Two Christmas Babies, Came Home with Monkey Wrenches

How Johnny the Wham Sleeps in Money All the Time and Joe the Wimp Shines and Sees Things

5. TWO STORIES TOLD BY THE POTATO FACE BLIND MAN ABOUT TWO GIRLS WITH RED HEARTS

How Deep Red Roses Goes Back and Forth between the Clock and the Looking Glass

How Pink Peony Sent Spuds, the Ballplayer, Up to Pick Four Moons

 

6. THREE STORIES ABOUT MOONLIGHT, PIGEONS, BEES, EGYPT, JESSE JAMES, SPANISH ONIONS, THE QUEEN OF THE CRACKED HEADS, THE KING OF THE PAPER SACKS

How Dippy the Wisp and Slip Me Liz Came in the Moonshine Where the Potato Face Blind Man Sat with His Accordion

How Hot Balloons and His Pigeon Daughters Crossed Over into the Rootabaga Country

How Two Sweetheart Dippies Sat in the Moonlight on a Lumberyard Fence and Heard about the Sooners and the Boomers

 

7. TWO STORIES OUT OF THE TALL GRASS

The Haystack Cricket and How Things Are Different Up in the Moon Towns

Why the Big Ball Game between the Hot Grounders and the Grand Standers Was a Hot Game

 

8. TWO STORIES OUT OF OKLAHOMA AND NEBRASKA

The Huckabuck Family and How They Raised Pop Corn in Nebraska and Quit and Came Back

Yang Yang and Hoo Hoo, or the Song of the Left Foot of the Shadow of the Goose in Oklahoma

 

9. ONE STORY ABOUT BIG PEOPLE NOW AND LITTLE PEOPLE LONG AGO

How a Skyscraper and a Railroad Train Got Picked Up and Carried Away from Pig’s Eye Valley Far in the Pickax Mountains

10. THREE STORIES ABOUT THE LETTER X AND HOW IT GOT INTO THE ALPHABET

Pig Wisps

Kiss Me

Blue Silver