Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Bookshelf Wednesdays

A friend with a new baby recently asked me about some favorite children's books. I shared one that few people seem to have discovered, but I think is terrific. It got me thinking that I have some treasures on my bookshelves, and it would be fun to incorporate recommendations once a week into my posting on Twitter, Facebook, and my blog. After all, most of the folks who follow me are readers. :-) So here is my first installment of Bookshelf Wednesday.

Today I want to highly recommend Rootabaga Stories by Carl Sandburg. Sandburg may be best known for his poetry ("The fog came in on little cat feet...") but his children's stories have a beautiful blend of poetry, silliness, word play, imagery, and fun.

Has anyone else discovered Rootabaga Stories? What other children's books are your favorites?



Heather said...

What fun! I grew up about 5 mins from Carl Sandburg's home and they host a series for children there called Rootabaga Stories, where they enact stories from the book.

Sharon Hinck said...

Oh, Heather, that is awesome! I still re-read "The White Horse Girl and the Blue Wind Boy" when I want to be swept away by beautiful language and imagery... and love to read aloud "How They Bring Back the Village of Cream Puffs When the Wind Blows it Away."

Marti Pieper said...

Carl Sandburg is one of my favorites, and I remember Rootabaga Stories and how they sparked my imagination as well. Makes me want to find and re-read this classic.

So maybe I will.

Sharon Hinck said...

Marti, why am I not surprised that you also have a fondness for Rootabaga Stories. Remember the one about the skyscraper and train having a baby? He wouldn't be at all surprised by the man in the ceiling. ;-)