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The Giant Turnip

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Once upon a time there lived an old man and his wife. They had a granddaughter, a dog, a cat and a mouse.The old man planted a turnip. The turnip grew very big. The old man tried to pull the turnip out. He pulled and pulled, but couldn’t pull the giant turnip out, so he called his wife for help.

His wife took hold of the old man and the old man took hold of the turnip. They pulled and pulled, but couldn’t pull the giant turnip out. So the old man’s wife called the granddaughter for help.

The granddaughter took hold of the old man’s wife, the old man’s wife took hold of the old man and the old man took hold of the turnip. They pulled and pulled, but couldn’t pull the giant turnip out. So the granddaughter called a dog for help.

The dog took hold of the granddaughter, the granddaughter took hold of the old man’s wife, the old man’s wife took hold of the old man and the old man took hold of the turnip. They pulled and pulled, but couldn’t pull the giant turnip out. So the dog called a cat for help.

The cat took hold of the dog, the dog took hold of the granddaughter, the granddaughter took hold of the old man’s wife, the old man’s wife took hold of the old man and the old man took hold of the turnip. They pulled and pulled, but couldn’t pull the giant turnip out. So the cat called the mouse for help.

The mouse took hold of the cat, the cat took hold of the dog, the dog took hold of the granddaughter, the granddaughter took hold of the old man’s wife, the old man’s wife took hold of the old man and the old man took hold of the turnip.

They pulled and pulled and pulled – and finally – out came the giant turnip!
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Adapted and translated by Vera Smyth, MA, MITIA