You'll find an exquisite blend of text and illustrations in Grassroots (all ages), with poems by Carl Sandburg and luminous watercolors by Wendell Minor. Like Sandburg, Minor was born in Illinois, and this book is his tribute to the great poet's words and their common Midwest heritage. As Minor explains at the end of the book: "The seasons of the heartland will be with me always./So, too, will the beautifully descriptive words of Carl Sandburg./Though we are of different seasons, we share a love of the land/and are bound together by our grassroots." Readers will be equally moved by the musings and images of prairies, steam engines, buffalo, a steamboat, farms, and haystacks.

Reviewed by Alice Cary.

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