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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for The Giant Cabbage: An Alaska Folktale

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dolly

    This is an entertaining story that is based on the classic Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy story, Gigantic Turnip. I thought the cabbage theme was interesting and the story goes beyond the basics of the turnip tale to include a cabbage contest and a delicious meal afterward. The narrative is entertaining and the illustrations are humorous. I loved the different animals and I enjoyed reading the author's note and the recipe at the end. This is an entertaining story that is based on the classic Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy story, Gigantic Turnip. I thought the cabbage theme was interesting and the story goes beyond the basics of the turnip tale to include a cabbage contest and a delicious meal afterward. The narrative is entertaining and the illustrations are humorous. I loved the different animals and I enjoyed reading the author's note and the recipe at the end.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Karmen Smallcombe

    This Alaskan folktale is based on a traditional Russian folktale about a giant turnip that was too big for the farmer to move so he had his friends come and help him, they eventually moved the turnip just like Moose did in this story. Using animals this story shares the message that family and friends who use teamwork and help each other out can get any job done. The last character that comes in to help Moose move the cabbage is little Vole, he is the last character to come give the cabbage a p This Alaskan folktale is based on a traditional Russian folktale about a giant turnip that was too big for the farmer to move so he had his friends come and help him, they eventually moved the turnip just like Moose did in this story. Using animals this story shares the message that family and friends who use teamwork and help each other out can get any job done. The last character that comes in to help Moose move the cabbage is little Vole, he is the last character to come give the cabbage a push and it works! This book also shows that no matter the size or how much help you can really provide every ounce of help will make things happen. I loved the moral of the story and I really enjoyed the illustrations in this book, the textures look as if they are painted with water color. This traditional folktale is similar to a fable and teaches children a great lesson, teamwork.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    It's a retelling of a Russian folktale. Since Cherie made it up, it's technically not actually an Alaska Folktale. Still a cute story, though! It's a retelling of a Russian folktale. Since Cherie made it up, it's technically not actually an Alaska Folktale. Still a cute story, though!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Monika

    Originally posted on my blog, A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall: My 4-year-old's godmother went to Alaska this summer and brought back this book. (She finds the.best.books!). Chérie Stihler's The Giant Cabbage has quickly become one of our favorite picture books. Geared for ages 3-8, 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 d Originally posted on my blog, A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall: My 4-year-old's godmother went to Alaska this summer and brought back this book. (She finds the.best.books!). Chérie Stihler's The Giant Cabbage has quickly become one of our favorite picture books. Geared for ages 3-8, 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 two 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."

  5. 4 out of 5

    Peggy

    Grandma and Grandpa brought this one back from a trip to Alaska. I love it. The illustrations are fantastic and so much to the story. My kids think it's ok. Basically I think it was just a little too long and works better for maybe the 5-7 year old crowd. Grandma and Grandpa brought this one back from a trip to Alaska. I love it. The illustrations are fantastic and so much to the story. My kids think it's ok. Basically I think it was just a little too long and works better for maybe the 5-7 year old crowd.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Loved the art -- the animals were fantastic -- but the book seemed just a squeak overlong. I haven't read this one aloud, so I can't confirm that kids would feel that way. Loved the art -- the animals were fantastic -- but the book seemed just a squeak overlong. I haven't read this one aloud, so I can't confirm that kids would feel that way.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Judy

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lea

  9. 5 out of 5

    Myer

  10. 4 out of 5

    Elligrace Clark

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tia

  12. 5 out of 5

    sara karch thompson

  13. 5 out of 5

    Latisha Torres

  14. 4 out of 5

    Amy

  15. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

  16. 5 out of 5

    Becky

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kim Amberg

  18. 5 out of 5

    Savannah

    The giant cabbage is a great book about friends that need to work together. Moose tries to work alone but cannot move the biggest cabbage he has ever seen to the fair to see if he can win a prize. One by one, his friends try and help him. This Alaskan folktale does a great job getting the reader interested and excited about what will happen to the cabbage. I would use this book as a read aloud in any classroom because the lesson in the story is powerful. This would also be a great introduction The giant cabbage is a great book about friends that need to work together. Moose tries to work alone but cannot move the biggest cabbage he has ever seen to the fair to see if he can win a prize. One by one, his friends try and help him. This Alaskan folktale does a great job getting the reader interested and excited about what will happen to the cabbage. I would use this book as a read aloud in any classroom because the lesson in the story is powerful. This would also be a great introduction to different kinds of text, including folktales. This story will aid learning about different stories passed down through generations. Independently, this book would be especially good for beginner readers because there is a lot of repetition. This can build confidence as well as help them develop good reading skills. This book was an outstanding book to me because of its uniqueness. You often do not hear about Alaskan folktales and this book is a great way to expose students to different kinds of literature.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sibylla Benatova

  20. 5 out of 5

    Caieta

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sallie

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jen

  23. 4 out of 5

    Adam Jones

  24. 4 out of 5

    Candice Adams

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alison Perry

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

  27. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Jane

  28. 5 out of 5

    Krittle Belle

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Baker

  30. 4 out of 5

    David Ruyter

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