A classic children’s folktale takes the form of a giant, beautifully illustrated fold-out poster. Of Russian or Slavic origin, ‘The Giant Turnip’ is a progressive story in which an old man plants a turnip, which then grows so large that he is unable to pull it up himself. He asks his wife for help, and the two of them still cannot wrest it from the ground. Successively more people and animals are recruited to help, until they finally pull the turnip up together. The humour or moral of the story is that only with the help of the weakest and smallest creature (in this case, the mouse) can the giant turnip be harvested.
1 , ills colour, 60 x 205 cm, poster, Japanese/English