The Tale of the Turnip

Alderson/Brian

Published by Walker Books Ltd, 2000
ISBN 10: 0744577861 / ISBN 13: 9780744577860
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Synopsis: A poor farmer plants a turnip that grows so big he decides to present it to the king. In return, the king gives the farmer sacks of gold. When a rich squire gives the king his best horse, the king gives him his most prized possession, the giant turnip.

From Publishers Weekly: Alderson's (The Swan's Stories) retelling of a traditional English tale is seasoned with casual, homespun phrases from its opening page: "Once, a good time ago, there was an old farmer. He lived in a ramshackle cottage, with a few chickens and suchlike, and he looked after a few fields." When the farmer grows an enormous turnip, he presents it to the thrilled king, who gives the farmer a cartload of gold for the prized crop. The wealthy squire across the way, seeing his neighbor's riches, vows to upstage the farmer. The king, impressed with the squire's gift of his best horse, presents the squire with a cherished treasure: his champion turnip. Wegner's (The Better Brown Stories) cartoon illustrations depict a bustling, leafy English countryside with thatched roofs, plenty of farm animals underfoot and a host of mild, friendly-looking farmers. The final endpapers juxtapose the farmer's modest house, bags of gold stacked out front, with the squire's spacious compound, into which the turnip is being wheeled. Kids will happily root for the farmer in this tale of vegetables and just deserts. Ages 3-7. (Aug.)
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Title: The Tale of the Turnip
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Publication Date: 2000
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