Friday, January 15, 2016

The Turnip by Jan Brett - ESSENTIAL

Brett, Jan  The Turnip G.P. Putnam and Sons, 2015.  $17.99  PICTURE BOOK  Content: G.  

Badger Girl has a ginormous turnip growing in her garden, but she can’t get it out.  Many animals stop to help her, but until the rooster stops by no one is able to make it budge.  Rooster gets the credit for removing the turnip, but what all the other animals don’t realize is that in a den underneath the garden a mother bear has pushed the turnip out from below so her bear cubs can go to bed.   

In typical Jan Brett fashion, the illustrations in this book are magical.  There is a side bar that shows a secondary story of the mama bear putting her cubs to bed.  My son found it humorous that the rooster got credit for pulling out the turnip and was enchanted with all of the details in the pictures.   

EL (K-3) – ESSENTIAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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