Barefoot Books (2000), Paperback, 40 pages
A cumulative tale in which the turnip planted by an old man grows so enormous that everyone must help to pull it up.
40 p.; 10.8 inches
1841483966 / 9781841483962
LibraryThing member cshaw
This is a story about teamwork. In this classic Russian folktale, it takes many animals to help an old man and old woman pull up a stubborn turnip from the ground. The littlest animal, a mouse, is the one that tips the balance so that the turnip comes up. They all can enjoy a hearty supper together in the end. I really liked this book because the message is so simple (it takes everyone to help solve a big problem!) and the illustrations are so wonderful, drawing the readers in to the book. The earthy tones are appropriate to the story and the setting.
LibraryThing member emtimmins
There are many such stories--this is a nice Russian version!
LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
Another cute cumulative tale to help children develop a love for stories and a foundation for literacy. The illustrations were a little odd but all in good fun.
LibraryThing member wichitafriendsschool
This hilarious retelling of the classic Russian tale about a farmer whose turnip is impossible to pull from the ground uses simple vocabulary and is ideal for reading aloud. Its cumulative theme will soon have young readers gleefully joining in, and Irish artist Niamh Sharkey s wonderfully quirky illustrations will delight and fascinate all ages.
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