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

Written by Tonya Bolden and Illustrated by Don Tate

Discover the incredible true story of how one of history's most successful potato farmers began life as a slave and worked until he was named the "Potato King of the World!"

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.

Age Range 4 - 8 years
Genre
Copyright Year
Page Count
40
Publisher
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Grade Level Pre-K - 3rd
ISBN
9780385752763
Lexile AD920L
Themes