Grandma Lena's Big Ol' Turnip

Denia Lewis Hester (Author) Jackie Urbanovic (Illustrator)

Product Details

$6.99  $6.43
Albert Whitman & Company
Publish Date
January 01, 2005
10.8 X 0.13 X 7.38 inches | 0.34 pounds

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About the Author

Jackie Urbanovic is the New York Times best-selling author and illustrator of Duck at the Door, Duck Soup, and Duck and Cover, as well as the illustrator of If You're Hoppy, by April Pulley Sayre. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.


"This story, part familiar folktale, part soul-food celebration, is a vibrant way for children to follow a fairly complex series of events...Big, boisterously colored illustrations fit this book's big turnip and big heart."
"Adapted from Aleksey Tolstoy's The Turnip, ' this tale about teamwork and sharing in an extended African-American family is bubbling with warmth and Southern-style cooking...Urbanovic's humorous watercolors are highlighted with charcoal detailing. The characters are delightful and each one has a great deal of individual expression and personality. Background details give a strong sense of setting. The illustrations of the growing vegetable take on outlandish proportions that readers will find funny and satisfying. The artist's use of perspective further enhances this rollicking story. Well written, charmingly illustrated, and with a new ethnic twist, this book is a first choice for libraries and an essential addition to collections of folktale variations. A great read-aloud, it also makes a natural introduction to units on seeds and growing, or gardening. Also, don't overlook the opportunities to discuss themes of cooperation, generosity, and community."
"A great read-aloud, it also makes a natural introduction to units on seeds and growing, or gardening."

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