Giant Cabbage: An Alaska Folktale

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Moose discovers a very big cabbage in his garden that could win first prize at the Alaska State Fair. But there's a problem—it's so huge he can't lift it! An old Russian folktale inspired The Giant Cabbage, but this contemporary version showcases Alaska with vivid illustrations, adorable animal friends, and verbal twists and turns.

Moose grows an enormous cabbage, sure to win a prize at the fair, but needs the help of all his friends to load it onto a truck in this ...

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Overview

Moose discovers a very big cabbage in his garden that could win first prize at the Alaska State Fair. But there's a problem—it's so huge he can't lift it! An old Russian folktale inspired The Giant Cabbage, but this contemporary version showcases Alaska with vivid illustrations, adorable animal friends, and verbal twists and turns.

Moose grows an enormous cabbage, sure to win a prize at the fair, but needs the help of all his friends to load it onto a truck in this Alaskan version of a Russian folktale.

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PreS-Gr 2-Another twist on the familiar Russian folktale, "The Turnip." Moose's giant cabbage is a shoo-in for a prize at the fair, but he can't budge it on his own. A parade of animals drops by to help, including a bear, wolf, fox, hare, porcupine, squirrel, and vole. By working together, they finally load the enormous vegetable into Moose's truck and ride off to the fair, where the cabbage takes first prize. The friends return home to celebrate and cook up a giant pot of cabbage soup. There is no shortage of recent "Turnip" variations that make excellent read-alouds. Aubrey Davis's The Enormous Potato (Kids Can, 1997) and Jan Peck's The Giant Carrot (Dial, 1998) are two examples. This title, while also highly readable, makes its contribution to the field through its depiction of Alaskan wildlife. At story's end, Stihler includes source notes, information about Alaskan vegetables (the "midnight sun" allows them to grow to record size), and a recipe for Moose's cabbage soup. Trammell's cheerful, paint-and-pen artwork sets a cast of friendly looking animals in a verdant landscape. Alternating spot and full-spread illustrations add to the dramatic effect, and the repeated words "big," "huge," and "GIANT" are printed in successively larger typefaces. The text is a bit long, however, and the bulk of it appears in rather small print. Still, this enjoyable title is a solid addition.-Eve Ortega, Cypress Library, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570613579
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books
  • Publication date: 4/5/2003
  • Series: Paws IV Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 390,524
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD300L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.92 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.11 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2003

    Upbeat and whimsical

    Reviewer: Midwest Book Review from Oregon, WI USA Entertainingly written by Cherie B. Stihler and delightfully illustrated by Jeremiah Trammel, The Giant Cabbage: An Alaska Folktale is a playful story about a hard-working moose who is determined to enter the biggest and best cabbage he can grow into the Giant Cabbage contest. But the cabbage he grows is so big it can hardly be moved - what is everyone to do? The Giant Cabbage is an upbeat, whimsical and enthusiastically recommended picture book tale which will have special appeal for children ages 3 to 8.

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  • Posted November 30, 2013

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    The Giant Cabbage has quickly become one of my 4-year-old's favo

    The Giant Cabbage has quickly become one of my 4-year-old's favorite picture books. This Alaska folktale contains a repetitive, cumulative refrain kids immediately latch onto. I love the bold emphasis when describing the size of the cabbage. This teaches and reinforces vocabulary which helps children describe spatial concepts. And Jeremiah Trammell's illustrations are ridiculously adorable!

    The final couple of pages of the book contains brief and interesting information on Alaska vegetables (find out why they grow so large), the traditional Russian folktale upon which this story is based, and even a recipe for cabbage soup.

    The message of The Giant Cabbage is simple and sweet: "Friends and family who work together can get any job done - and sometimes it's the tiniest of friends who make things happen." 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2003

    Midnight Sun Cabbage

    Very nice children's book. Good story, outstanding illustrations. Makes me long for Alaska, the Tanana Valley and State Fairs and the sunny summer nights. The Moose's Cabbage Soup recipe was yummy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2003

    Great new twist on an old story

    This is a very funny version of an old story. It has great repetition , a terrific ending and even a tasty recipe. What a nice subtle message about supporting your friends and not giving up - I loved it! Two thumbs up from my kids! And me too!

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