These stories were born of Sandburg's desire for "American fairy tales" to match an American childhood. Feeling that European stories involving royalty and knights were inappropriate, he set his stories in a fictionalized American Midwest called "Rootabaga country" and fill the land with farms, trains, and corn fairies.
as cornflowers with blue raindrops shining and dancing on silver leaves after a sun shower in any of the summer months."
And the two uncles on her father's side, after taking a long deep look into the eyes of Wing Tip the Spick, said, "Her eyes are so blue, such a clear light shining blue, they are the same as cornflowers with blue raindrops shining and dancing on the silver leaves after a sun shower in any of the summer months."
And though Wing Tip the Spick didn't listen and didn't hear what the uncles said about her blue eyes, she did say to herself when they were not listening, "I know these are sweet uncles and I am going to have a sweet time visiting my relations."
The four uncles said to her, "Will you let us ask you two questions, first the first question and second the second question?"
[Illustration: Then the uncles asked her the first question first]
"I will let you ask me fifty questions this morning, fifty questions to-morrow morning, and fifty questions any mor