The Tale of the TurnipSpring 2000 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Brian Alderson
Illustrator: Fritz Wegner
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Hardcover Price: $12.99
Review:An old-fashioned gem of a traditional English tale is stylishly retold by Brian Alderson. It concerns a turnip that just grows and grows and grows some more, and what the old farmer in whose field it appears decides to do with it. Almost more important than the tale - with its perfect surprise ending - are the wondrous, meticulously detailed illustrations of the story’s characters, their rural village, and of the English countryside done by the veteran watercolorist Fritz Wegner. Their 19th century charm, energy and virtuosity put Wegner in a class with Randolph Caldecott and Walter Crane. They should not be missed.
Selma G. Lanes ©2000 Parents' Choice
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