The Giant Turnip


told by Katrice Horsley
‘UK National Storytelling Laureate 2012’

The old farmer needs all the help he can get to pull out a giant turnip.

“Wow, wow, wow, a fantastic storyteller, unique in every way.”  

Nursery Head Teacher.

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Story background

‘The Giant Turnip’ is a Russian tale where a farmer plants a turnip, which grows so large that he cannot pull it up himself. He asks his wife for help and together still cannot pull it up. More and more animals are called in to help, until they finally pull the turnip up together. Many of these types of ‘progressive’ stories abound and are very much about memory development and keeping both the teller and listener on their toes!

About Katrice

Katrice has worked as a storyteller and consultant for a range of organisations including the BBC, UNICEF, British Council and The British Heart Foundation.

For more information or to contact Katrice, please visit www.katalysttales.co.uk

General information

The opportunity to enjoy stories and play with language is essential for young children. We recommend you watch and re-watch the story. The repetition will help deepen your child’s understanding of the vocabulary, structure, emotional content and drama of the story.
And have fun playing the games in the app!  They will help your child begin to have confidence in mimicking and re-telling parts or all of a story in their own creative way. Teachers designed all of the games with some key points in mind -

  • to help children understand the structure of the story
  •  to help them listen carefully to short, detailed parts of the story
  • to repeat and record themselves
  • to share their recorded version of the story

It has been known for a long time that successful reading and writing depend on the child being able to speak and listen well first – this app offers the perfect opportunity to practice both!  Independent research shows that our stories, told and filmed in this way, help build images in your child’s mind directly from the spoken word. This inner world will later become the ‘reading voice’ and the building blocks for creative writing.

So listening to and playing with stories in this way is like having the most enjoyable imagination training possible!  And it has been proven that a child’s knowledge of story was the key indicator in their academic success.

Enjoy the stories together and instill in them a love of language and diverse cultural appreciation that will last a lifetime.