The Enormous Carrot

The Enormous Carrot

by Vladimir Vasil'evich Vagin
     
 
The importance of teamwork is the subject of this fresh new version of an old folktale. Try as they may, a group of friends can't pull a giant carrot out of the ground. Only when a tiny mouse joins in do they solve their big problem. Full color. 32 pp. Ages 3-6. Pub: 4/98.

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The importance of teamwork is the subject of this fresh new version of an old folktale. Try as they may, a group of friends can't pull a giant carrot out of the ground. Only when a tiny mouse joins in do they solve their big problem. Full color. 32 pp. Ages 3-6. Pub: 4/98.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Joan Carris
This year (1998) has given us two retellings of "The Turnip," a Russian folktale. Both stories change the turnip into a carrot, but that's probably not enough help for a basically ho-hum story. While Vagin's stylized art is as different as possible from Barry Root's "down-home country" approach in The Giant Carrot by Jan Peck, it is not enough to redeem this ordinary tale which focuses on a huge carrot that cannot be pulled from the ground until the last in a long line of helpers (here a mouse) arrives on the scene. The best thing about this story is the moral: the littlest people are sometimes the biggest help.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2A variation on the familiar Russian folktale. Here, two rabbits are surprised to find an enormous carrot growing in their garden. At harvest time, they solicit help from a variety of friendly barnyard neighbors. Storytime participants will eagerly chime in with the repeated, "But the carrot stayed put. It wouldn't come out." It is finally Lester the Mouse who lends the last measure of muscle power needed to burst the carrot from the begrudging soil. The most festive scene in the story is a double-page spread depicting the carrot feast in which the animals eat "every bit of that enormous carrot until it was all gone." A fascinating menagerie crowds around a circular table groaning with every type of carrot delicacy imaginable. Vagin's contribution is fresh and energetic, told with vocabulary that is as lush and varied as the hues of his framed illustrations. The animals not only pull and tug, they heave and ho, grunt and groan, team and tow, stretch and sway, and holler and haul. With the creatures dressed as rural folk, the pictures have the feel of a Victorian Easter card, but with brilliant garden colors. Enchanting details will captivate readers who may be beyond the simplicity of the tale. The presentation is enhanced by the same large format as Vagin's The Nutcracker Ballet (Scholastic, 1995). A salad bar of springtime delights.Lisa S. Murphy, formerly at Dauphin County Library System, Harrisburg, PA
Kirkus Reviews
Turnips are out, carrots are in—at least in this adaptation of the classic Russian folktale and in Jan Peck's The Giant Carrot (1997). Vagin begins with Daisy and Floyd, a pair of gardening bunnies who one day discover an enormous carrot serendipitously springing up among the hollyhocks and sunflowers. The duo attempts to pull the carrot out, "but the carrot stayed put. It wouldn't come out." All their farmyard friends happen by, joining in the exercise of removing the enormous carrot. While the text is unembellished, the pictures provide visual fanfare—animals tumble topsy-turvy, tangled in the carrot's green top after tugging all day long. Their success results in a carrot banquet, complete with ice cream, salad, soup, tart, cookies, and pie. The familiarity of plot and repetition of phrase will create eager anticipation in readers, while the large format, bright primary palette, and anthropomorphized animals will keep listeners involved from any spot in the room. (Picture book/folklore. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780590454919
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/1998
Edition description:
New version of a folktale
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.28(w) x 12.29(h) x 0.45(d)
Lexile:
470L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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