One of my favorite paperback books that you will find on my bookshelf is called The Gigantic Turnip written by Aleksei Tolstoy. I am a farmer and delight in harvest time
because my pantry and freezer are filled with canned fruit and frozen vegetables. To share my lovely garden with my Grandchildren is a wonderful teaching time on how seeds grow. Here is a look at my abundance of green beans and tomatoes this summer!
What I especially like about this children's book is that the story is fun to read and look at. The illustrations are beautiful as well as the story being entertaining and educational. It's a great way to practice memory skills! The children enjoy counting the characters, the sing-song lilt, and of course finding that the "hero" of the story is the smallest creature on the farm!
This story can be enjoyed over and over by children of all ages. The illustrations alone are exceptional and captivating. The various themes of this tale can be incorporated into many areas of study. This book not only helps with counting, but delivers a message of working together to get something done. Share some laughs while reading how everyone on the farm (including the animals) help to harvest one hefty turnip.
* Product Details:
The Gigantic Turnip
Find out what happens when the old woman, the old man, and all twenty-one animals on the farm try to harvest a rather large root vegetable. This well-loved Russian tale uses humor, counting and repetition to appeal to beginner readers. Book with CD editions include story read by Ellen Verenieks.
Ages 3 to 7 years
Written By: Aleksei Tolstoy
Illustrated By: Niamh Sharkey
Narrated By: Ellen Verenieks
* Paperback w/ Story CD $7.99
Hardcover w/ Story CD $16.99
* Spanish Edition- Children's Book
The wonderful thing about Barefoot Books is that they provide children's books in Spanish and in French. I have a great idea for my winter garden this year... I think I'll grow turnips! :D