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In this profound evocation of the sights and sounds of the Midwest, Wendell Minor's perfectly realized and deeply felt images match Carl Sandburg's timeless observations about the heart of America.

From Publishers Weekly, Feb. 23, 1998

Dedicated "to all who remember their grassroots," Minor's full-page golden paintings of wind-blown wheat, holstein cows, winter shadows and summer grass take their inspiration from Sandburg's poetry in this handsome volume. Nostalgic images of the Midwest unfold in both text and art. From Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 1998 Minor's signature watercolors, limped and bright, make a visual hymn to the Midwest and thereby echo the poems of Carl Sandburg.

From Booklist, March 15, 1998

In handsome framed paintings, Minor captures the "seasons of the heartland" of 14 Sandburg poems. There is no attempt to upstage the poetry or to explain it. The pictures will draw readers to the spare, lovely words that evoke the grassroots of many families.

From Book Page, April 1998

You'll find an exquisite blend of text and illustrations in GRASSROOTS, 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 midwestern 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.

- Certificate of Merit - Bookbuilders West 1998 Book Show (in recognition of notable achievement in concept, design, and manufacture)

Paintings from GRASSROOTS are included in:

- The Original Art Annual 1998
- Society of Illustrators 39th Annual, 1997
- Creativity 27 Annual

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