Grandma Lena's Big Ol' Turnip (Aesop Accolades (Awards))
Grandma Lena takes good care of the turnips she plants in her garden. One turnip grows so big that Grandma can't pull it out of the ground! Even when Grandpa, Uncle Izzy, and the dog help Grandma yank and tug, the big ol' turnip doesn't budge.
Short Description of the Book: In this variation of the classic Russian folktale, Grandma Lena plants some special turnip seeds in her garden. One turnip grows especially well and Grandma Lena has to enlist the help of her entire family to get that turnip out of the ground.
FOCUS: Narrative Features I would use in a Mini-Lesson
1.) Repeated Line: Hester uses a few repeated lines within the text of her story. At various points in the story G ...more
Detailed paintings bring the garden and all of the individual members of Lena's family to life. Their facial expressions help readers get a feel for their personalities though they a ...more
African-American; The South
Illustrations look like they were drawn with pencil and colored with watercolors.
The story is adapted from a Russian folktale. I enjoyed the repetition of sentences in the book and think it would be great for younger children. I also love all of the cultural reference to Southern homestyle cooking. Grandma Lena's Big Ol' Turnip is just a fun book.
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