Truth be told the dish I’m most looking forward to having tomorrow at my boyfriend’s annual family Thanksgiving extravaganza is “Uncle Bob and Aunt Leslie’s Turnips.” Poor Uncle Bob & Aunt Leslie…until I started dating Chris I’m not sure that anyone ever ate their yummy side dish. This is a household full of turnip haters, but I grew up eating turnips and I just happen to LOVE them so I always make sure to take a big scoop of his carrot and turnip mash.
When I stumbled upon The Gigantic Turnip storybook and CD set recently I instantly connected with the tale. This could be a great opportunity for parents to use a lighthearted picture book to cultivate a love or turnips in their own children’s diets. Story time followed by a hearty meal sounds like a fabulous way to spend a wintry night to me.
From the publisher: Written by Aleksei Tolstoy and illustrated by: Niamh Sharkey, find out what happens when the old woman, the old man, and all twenty-one animals on the farm try to harvest a rather large root vegetable. This well-loved Russian tale uses humor, counting and repetition to appeal to beginner readers.