The Gigantic Turnip

The Gigantic Turnip
By Aleksei Tolstoy, Niamh Sharkey, & Imelda Staunton

This Russian folktale unfolds with a rhythm and repetition that unfailingly delights small children. The illustrations are quirky and engaging, with a soothing autumnal color palette that matches the couple’s stage of life as well as the turnip’s harvest season.

Much like Little Blue Truck, it is “all hands on deck” to accomplish a big task, requiring at last the smallest team member to achieve the goal.

Despite knowing the enormity of the turnip, the old man attempts to harvest it himself at first. With much pulling, heaving, tugging, and yanking, it is not until the old woman applies her wisdom and creativity that the community finally enjoys its delicious turnip stew.

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