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The Russian Revolution through the Prism of Propaganda
Defending the Revolution at Home: The Soviet Turnip
The Traditional Folktale
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Once upon a time grandfather planted a turnip. The turnip grew and grew until it grew very big. By and by it was ready to eat. So grandfather went out into the garden to pull up the turnip. He pulled and he pulled, but he could not pull it up.

Then grandfather called grandmother to come and help him. Grandmother came running out and caught hold of grandfather. They pulled and they pulled, but they could not pull up the turnip.

So they called to their granddaughter to come out and help them. The granddaughter ran out and caught hold of grandmother, grandmother clung to grandfather. They pulled and they pulled, but they could not pull up the turnip.

Then granddaughter called the dog. "Little black dog, come and help us!" The little black dog ran out and caught hold of granddaughter, granddaughter caught hold of grandmother, grandmother caught hold of grandfather. They pulled and they pulled, but they could not pull up the turnip.

So the little black dog called the cat. "Little white cat come and help us." The little white cat came runing and caught hold of the little black dog, the little black dog caught hold of granddaughter, granddaughter caught hold of grandmother, grandmother caught hold of grandfather. They pulled and they pulled, but they could not pull up the turnip.

Then the little white cat called the mouse. "Little gray mouse, come and help us." The little gray mouse came running and caught hold of the little white cat, the little white cat caught hold of the little black dog, the little black dog caught hold of granddaughter, granddaughter caught hold of grandmother, grandmother caught hold of grandfather. They pulled and they pulled — and they pulled up the turnip!

 
Source: "The Big Turnip--A Russian Folk Tale," Primary Education, vol. 24, no. 10 (October 1916), 519.
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