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No Small Potatoes: Junius G. Groves and His Kingdom in Kansas



by
Tonya Bolden
illustrated by
Don Tate

Edition
Library edition with trade jacket added
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Knopf
ISBN
9780385752770

Awards and Honors
ALSC Notable Children's Books - 2019
CCBC Choices 2019 Choice: Historical People, Places, and Events
CSMCL Best Books - 2018
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Biographical time line. Glossary. Notes. Selected sources. Full-color mixed media illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

9 1/2" x 11 3/4"

Dewey

630.92

AR

4.8: points 0.5

Lexile

AD920L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Dec 2018

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Topics

Junius G. Groves (1859–1925). Biography. African American farmers. Potato growers. US slaves. Edwardsville, Kansas. Exoduster Movement. Sharecropping. Community development. Perseverance. Financial success.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews*, School Library Journal*, Booklist

Horn Book

This informational picture book spotlights the life, work, and legacy of African American farmer and businessman Junius G. Groves (1858?–1925), known as the “Potato King of the World.” Groves was born into slavery in Kentucky and freed as a child in 1865 when the Thirteenth Amendment was ratified. As a young man, he relocated to Kansas with other “Exodusters.” He found work on a potato farm; saved money; rented—and later purchased—land; and over time, built a potato empire. Groves’s success helped grow his family, his estate, and an entire community. Bolden’s use of alliteration and folksy language (“Junius G. could so easily have pitied himself over his piddling pay, but he didn’t”) lighten the fact-packed narrative, which includes “Potato Math” as added context (“1 bushel = about 60 pounds / 1 pound = about 3 potatoes”). Quotes from Groves fill boxed insets in Tate’s unpretentious art, mostly expansive double-page spreads rendered in sunny, gentle hues that evoke the Great Plains setting. The risks and challenges Groves faced are presented in a straightforward fashion, and his success is attributed to hard work and sacrifice. Bolden’s word choices (for example, “they say that he…”) acknowledge some of the limitations of known historical information. Back matter includes an artist’s note (in which Tate recounts research that revealed that a landowner from whom Groves purchased eighty acres was a Native businesswoman), a glossary, source notes, selected sources, and a timeline. elisa gall

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

This informational picture book spotlights the life, work, and legacy of African American farmer and businessman Junius G. Groves (1858?–1925), known as the “Potato King of the World.” Groves was born into slavery in Kentucky and freed as a child in 1865 when the Thirteenth Amendment was ratified. As a young man, he relocated to Kansas with other “Exodusters.” He found work on a potato farm; saved money; rented—and later purchased—land; and over time, built a potato empire. Groves’s success helped grow his family, his estate, and an entire community. Bolden’s use of alliteration and folksy language (“Junius G. could so easily have pitied himself over his piddling pay, but he didn’t”) lighten the fact-packed narrative, which includes “Potato Math” as added context (“1 bushel = about 60 pounds / 1 pound = about 3 potatoes”). Quotes from Groves fill boxed insets in Tate’s unpretentious art, mostly expansive double-page spreads rendered in sunny, gentle hues that evoke the Great Plains setting. The risks and challenges Groves faced are presented in a straightforward fashion, and his success is attributed to hard work and sacrifice. Bolden’s word choices (for example, “they say that he…”) acknowledge some of the limitations of known historical information. Back matter includes an artist’s note (in which Tate recounts research that revealed that a landowner from whom Groves purchased eighty acres was a Native businesswoman), a glossary, source notes, selected sources, and a timeline. elisa gall

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