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The Enormous Turnip

Beautifully illustrated version of this favourite folk tale

Ian Beck

Suitable for:  Age 3-5 year olds

Price:  £5.99

ISBN: 978-0-19-279150-4
Publication date: 11/11/2004
Paperback: 24 pages
Dimensions: 255x195mm

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There once was a little old man who loved looking after his vegetables - they were his pride and joy. His secret of success, he thought, was that he whispered to his seedlings every night. 'Come on, you little seedlings, grow, grow!' His wife thought he was a fool and believed it was her watering that always gave them such a fine crop. One day one of his turnips grew much bigger than the rest. It kept growing until it took up half the garden! The old man and his wife decided to pull it out to feed the whole village, but they weren't strong enough, and had to enlist some help. In scenes of glorious teamwork, the little mouse is the one who finally makes the difference.

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  • Ian Beck has replaced Kate Greenaway in giving us the most idyllic images of childhood. - Amanda Craig, Independent on Sunday
  • About Chicken Licken and The Tortoise and the Hare: Beautifully presented editions in which lively text and colourful images sit happily together - West Sussex Gazette
  • About The Gingerbread Boy and Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Clearly and amusingly retold, the stories are enhanced by Ian Beck's cheerful illustrations. - Daily Echo
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