The Gigantic Turnip by Aleksei Tolstoy
(Barefoot Beginners)

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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.
 

About Aleksei Tolstoy

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Niamh Sharkey is the illustrator of many award-winning children's books. When looking for inspiration for a new picture book, she turned to her old notebooks and sketches. "I came across a 1994 painting, RAVENOUS MONSTERS, featuring hungry, hungry animals. After much playing around with the idea, THE RAVENOUS BEAST was born." Niamh Sharkey lives in Dublin, Ireland.
 
Published January 1, 1999 by Puffin Books. 40 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Parenting & Relationships, Nature & Wildlife, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Up-to-the-minute illustrations and graphic design serve as the new-fangled foil to the well-known Russian folktale. The text has a familiar, classic cadence; the publisher says that Tolstoy was the fi

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""Up-to-the-minute illustrations and graphic design serve as the new-fangled foil to the well-known Russian folktale,"" said PW.

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Two recent versions of this tale, Jan Peck and Barry Root's The Giant Carrot and Vladimir Vagin's The Enormous Carrot, build momentum right up to the ending, when all the animals share in a boisterous feast;

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