The Turnip by Walter de la Mare

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A kind but poor farmer gains a fortune and his rich brother's envy when he grows an enormous turnip.
 

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Born in a Kent village, Walter de la Mare grew up with late Victorian tastes, which he never wholly left behind. After he left St. Paul's Cathedral Choir School in London, he joined the London office of the Anglo-American Oil Company (a branch of Standard Oil) as a bookkeeper in 1890. He continued with that firm until 1908, when a Civil List pension enabled him to retire from business and concentrate entirely on writing. Devoted to children's literature and to prose tales as well as to poetry, de la Mare began his career with a volume of children's verse, followed it with a novel, and only in 1906 produced his first book of poetry for adults. The Listeners and Other Poems (1912) established his reputation. Other poetry collections include The Veil (1921), Memory and Other Poems (1938), and Collected Poems (1942). Along with adult verse, he continued his interest in prose and in children's literature throughout his career; Memoirs of a Midget (1921) is his finest novel. Another well-known novel is Henry Brocken (1904), and On the Edge (1930) is a notable collection of short stories. Kevin Hawkes is the illustrator of more than thirty-five acclaimed picture books and chapter books including Library Lion", Weslandia", and Chicken Cheeks". His vibrant colors, unusual perspectives, and sense of humor are hallmarks of his work. He lives with his wife and children in Southern Maine.
 
Published June 1, 1992 by David R Godine Pub. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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From the poet's collection of literary retellings (Told Again, 1927, o.p.), the first half of one of the Grimms' shorter tales, extended into a classic story about two brothers, ``as different as chalk from cheese.'' The rich one is ``a mean and merciless greedyguts'';

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In a starred review, PW said, ""The lowly turnip proves far more valuable than jewels in this Grimm fairy tale.

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