As an ardent gardener, I have realized that the success of any garden is keeping up with the tasks that need to be done on a daily basis. This can become overwhelming, if your garden flourishes! Timely harvesting and deciding how to eat or store the fruits of your labor are often more difficult than all the work involved with planting in the first place. You also find out that assistance at any phase of the process is much appreciated. If we all work together, we can do anything.
Well, that’s what one farmer realizes when he cannot pull up his prize-winning turnip on his own, in the story of The Big Enormous Turnip. This rich, traditional Russian folktale about collaboration is a favorite of all ages and there are countless versions of the story since the original version was written over 150 years ago, but the basic story is this: A farmer goes into the garden to harvest a turnip (radish, carrot, potato), but it is so big the farmer cannot pull it out alone. Members of the family and animals from the farm help to pull it out. Often the smallest animal is the one that makes it all possible. What a great life lesson that is!
This month, Literature Live! is excited to bring you The Big Enormous Turnip, our printable puppet story for April! Click the PDF image below to download and print the puppets, decorate them and attach them to sticks, straws or clothespins.