It is a progressive story , in which a grandfather plants a turnip, which grows so large that he cannot pull it up himself. He asks the grandmother for help, and they together still cannot pull it up. Successively more people are recruited to help, until they finally pull the turnip up together. The specific ordering and set of people and sometimes animals varies. However, in the original Russian version the order is quite fixed, it is the grandfather dedka , the grandmother babka , the granddaughter vnuchca , the female-dog zhuchka , the female-cat koshka and finally the female-mouse myshka.
The humour in the story is that only with the help of the weakest and smallest creature the mouse can the giant turnip or radish repka be pulled up. The moral of this story is that of collaboration, and that if we all work together, we can do anything.
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The story is very popular in Russia as the names of the participants rhyme: Several version for children have been penned, including by: The fairy tale has had multiple treatments in English. One of the unfinished projects of award-winning illustrator Ezra Jack Keats was a version of "The Giant Turnip"; artwork for the book was published in the collection Keats's Neighborhood: An Ezra Jack Keats Treasury. An evil witch has trapped Rapunzel in a tower. How will she escape? Can love save her?
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