No Small Potatoes: Junius G. Groves and His Kingdom in Kansas
Illustrator: Don Tate
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.
Biographical time line. Glossary. Notes. Selected sources. Full-color mixed media illustrations.
JLG Release: Dec 2018
Awards & Honors
CCBC Choices 2019 Choice: Historical People, Places, and Events
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
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9 1/2" x 11 3/4"
Level 4.8; Points: 0.5;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 0; Points: 0;
Library edition with trade jacket added
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Junius G, Groves (1859–1925), Biography, African American farmers, Potato growers, US slaves, Edwardsville, Kansas, Exoduster Movement, Sharecropping, Community development, Perseverance, Financial success,