No small potatoes : Junius G. Groves and his kingdom in Kansas

by Bolden, Tonya,

Format: Print Book [2018]
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Junius G. Groves came from humble beginnings in the Bluegrass State. Born in Kentucky into slavery, freedom came when he was still a young man and he intended to make a name for himself. Along with thousands of other African Americans who migrated from the South, Junius walked west and stopped in Kansas. Working for a pittance on a small potato farm was no reason to feel sorry for himself, especially when he's made foreman. But Junius did dream of owning his own farm, so he did the next best thing. He rented the land and worked hard! As he built his empire, he also built a family, and he built them both on tons and tons and tons of potatoes. He never quit working hard, even as the naysayers doubted him, and soon he was declared Potato King of the World and had five hundred acres and a castle to call his own.From award winning author Tonya Bolden and talented illustrator Don Tate comes a tale of perseverance that reminds us no matter where you begin, as long as you work hard, your creation can never be called small potatoes.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Dynamo book creators come together to tell a long overdue story, the hero of which is introduced through the laid-back text: One Potato. Two Potato. Thirty-Eleven Million Potatoes? Is that how many potatoes Junius George Groves grew? . . . not exactly but he sure grew piles and piles of spuds. Born into slavery in Kentucky, Groves headed west following Reconstruction, finding work on a Kansas potato farm and overcoming naysayers to become the Potato King of the World. Along with his crop, he grew a family, a community, and a fortune, becoming one of the most successful African Americans of his time, all of which Tate shows through engaging mixed-media cartoon-style art. Text boxes share direct quotes, allowing Groves to speak in his own voice, and back matter includes source notes and a time line that helps flesh out the history. Far more than a tale of tubers, this is an inspiring account of hard work and a wonderful picture-book biography of a self-made farmer.--Andrew Medlar Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Groves, Junius G., -- 1859-1925 -- Juvenile literature.
African American farmers -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Potato growers -- Kansas -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Slaves -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
African Americans -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Edwardsville (Kan.) -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Publisher New York :[2018]
Edition First edition.
Contributors Tate, Don, illustrator.
Audience Ages 4-8.
K to grade 3.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 x 32 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9780385752763
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