A Fabulous Folktale!

by UndergroundLibrarian@evpl on Wednesday, May 20 2009, 6:06pm. Viewed 647 times.

enormous turnipFolktales are a tried and true genre of children's books.  They are invariably successful with children.  Recently I shared The Enormous Carrot by Vladimor Vagin with several groups of school age children.  There are numerous versions of this tale, most involving a turnip rather than a carrot. (When I mentioned that to my audience, I discovered that they did not know what a turnip was --maybe that's why Vladimor Vagin changed his vegetable to a carrot.)

  Repetition is always good, and this tale has that, with just enough variation to keep readers/listeners interested. It's on the order of The Mitten  by Jan Brett, but it shows the importance of teamwork to achieve a goal.   And I like that Vagin shows us so many ways to say yes:  naturally, glad to, absolutely, to name a few. 

 This title was a Young Hoosier Book in 2000-2001.  I think you'll like it!

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