A Little Story About a Big Turnip by Tatiana Zunshine

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Drawing from the history of Russian verbal art, this story about a family that must work together is an adaptation of a Russian children's folk tale. When the grandfather has trouble plucking a turnip from his garden, it takes the help of the entire family—grandmother, granddaughter, dog, cat, and mouse—to dislodge it. Rhythm and melody work in combination with a clever refrain and comical, vivid watercolor drawings to make this story lyrically and visually entertaining.

About Tatiana Zunshine

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Tatiana Zunshine was born and raised in the former Soviet Union. After emigrating to the United States, she toured extensively, promoting human rights, taking part in dozens of speaking engagements, and giving numerous interviews to the media. She lives in Columbus, Ohio. Evgeny Antonenkov lives in Moscow and works as an art director for Rosman, a children's publishing house. He has illustrated more than 20 children's books, including Winnie the Pooh, The Ring and the Rose, and Russian Folktales for Children.
Published April 1, 2004 by Pumpkin House, Ltd.. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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A pedestrian narrative dominates this retelling of a traditional Russian tale of a turnip that grows so large that it can’t be pulled out of the ground until various members of the family—Grandie, Grannie, and Annie (and their pets)—pull and pull and pull.

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Folklore Retold Authors breathe new life into classic myths and folklore, for everyone from picture book fans on up to teenage readers.

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