No Small Potatoes

No Small Potatoes

Junius G. Groves and His Kingdom in Kansas

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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.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385752763
0385752768
9780385752770
0385752776
Branch Call Number: j 630.92 BOLDEN T
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 x 31 cm
Additional Contributors: Tate, Don

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LPL_LindaC Apr 05, 2019

Junius G. Groves was born into slavery on a plantation near Greensburg, Kentucky. He was still quite young when slavery was abolished in 1865. At the age of twenty, Junius joined the growing number of African Americans headed west. Kansas was the place to go where land was plentiful. They bec... Read More »


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Jun 17, 2019

Plan on sharing this book for #Juneteenth - June 19. Chronicles the exodus of Junius Groves from slavery to success.

LPL_LindaC Apr 05, 2019

Junius G. Groves was born into slavery on a plantation near Greensburg, Kentucky. He was still quite young when slavery was abolished in 1865. At the age of twenty, Junius joined the growing number of African Americans headed west. Kansas was the place to go where land was plentiful. They became known as the Exodusters. Junius G. walked five hundred miles to Kansas City, Kansas where he worked on a potato farm for wages barely enough to live on. But through hard work and a positive spirit, he worked and worked his way up. In the end, Junius G. owned more than five hundred acres of land!! And a potato farm at that! In 1900, he was called the "Potato King" of the entire Sunflower State! What an inspiring story! Rich in Kansas history, this is a book for all ages to enjoy.

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