Drawing from the history of Russian verbal art, this story about a family that must work together is an adaptation of a Russian children's folk tale. When the grandfather has trouble plucking a turnip from his garden, it takes the help of the entire family—grandmother, granddaughter, dog, cat, and mouse—to dislodge it. Rhythm and melody work in combination with a clever refrain and comical, vivid watercolor drawings to make this story lyrically and visually entertaining.
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Tatiana Zunshine was born and raised in the former Soviet Union. After emigrating to the United States, she toured extensively, promoting human rights, taking part in dozens of speaking engagements, and giving numerous interviews to the media. She lives in Columbus, Ohio. Evgeny Antonenkov lives in Moscow and works as an art director for Rosman, a children’s publishing house. He has illustrated more than 20 children's books, including Winnie the Pooh, The Ring and the Rose, and Russian Folktales for Children.
PreSchool-Grade 1–A simple retelling of the classic Russian folktale. This version features Grandie, his wife Grannie, their granddaughter Annie, Ruffie the dog, Meowsie the cat, and Squeakie the mouse. The short sentences, one per page, make it a suitable selection for the youngest listeners. The illustrations are humorous and have lots of appeal. The artwork blends an old-fashioned, folk-art quality with modern details (the grandfather wears sneakers) and amusing touches (Squeakie has a shock of red hair, black glasses, and carries a book). The text is presented on strips of white in a collagelike fashion over the double-page paintings. Each picture vibrates with movement, whether it is from an extreme close-up of Grandie or from the exuberance the characters show for getting the turnip out of the ground. With its fresh look and accessible language, this tale will be popular for storytime and one-on-one sharing.–Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA
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