Russian Fairy Tale – The Turnip


turnip

The Turnip

An old man planted a turnip. The turnip grew to be enormous. The old man started to pull the turnip out of the ground. He pulled and pulled, but couldn’t pull it out. So he called the old woman over.

The old woman took hold of the old man, the old man took hold of the turnip, they pulled and pulled, but couldn’t pull it out. So the old woman called the granddaughter over.

The granddaughter took hold of the old woman, the old woman took hold of the old man, the old man took hold of the turnip, they pulled and pulled, but couldn’t pull it out. So the granddaughter called the dog over.

The dog took hold of the granddaughter, the granddaughter took hold of the old woman, the old woman took hold of the old man, the old man took hold of the turnip, they pulled and pulled, but couldn’t pull it out. So the dog called the cat over.

The cat took hold of the dog, the dog took hold of the granddaughter, the granddaughter took hold of the old woman, the old woman took hold of the old man, the old man took hold of the turnip, they pulled and pulled, but couldn’t pull it out. So the cat called the mouse over.

The mouse took hold of the cat, the cat took hold of the dog, the dog took hold of the granddaughter, the granddaughter took hold of the old woman, the old woman took hold of the old man, the old man took hold of the turnip, they pulled and pulled–and finally pulled out the turnip!

In Russian

Репка_1Посадил дед репку и говорит:
– Расти, расти, репка, сладкá!
Расти, расти, репка, крепкá!

Выросла репка сладкá, крепкá,
большая-пребольшая.

Репка_2Пошел дед репку рвать:
тянет-потянет,
вытянуть не может.

Позвал дед бабку.

Бабка за дедку,
Репка_3Дедка за репку –
Тянут-потянут,
вытянуть не могут.

Позвала бабка внучку.

Внучка за бабку,
Репка_4Бабка за дедку,
Дедка за репку –
Тянут-потянут,
вытянуть не могут.

Позвала внучка Жучку.

Репка_5Жучка за внучку,
Внучка за бабку,
Бабка за дедку,
Дедка за репку –
Тянут-потянут,
вытянуть не могут.

Репка_6Позвала Жучка кошку.

Кошка за Жучку,
Жучка за внучку,
Внучка за бабку,
Бабка за дедку,
Дедка за репку –
Репка_7Тянут-потянут,
вытянуть не могут.

Позвала кошка мышку.

Мышка за кошку,
Кошка за Жучку,
Репка_8Жучка за внучку,
Внучка за бабку,
Бабка за дедку,
Дедка за репку –
Тянут-потянут –
и вытянули репку!

The Moral of the Story

I really like this story for a lot of different reasons. It speaks more about Russia and Russians themselves. First Grandfather plants the turnip, it grows so large that he can’t pull it out himself. So he calls Grandmother for help, even together they can’t get it out. The rest of the family is called to help until they all together are able to pull it out. They even call the smallest and weakest to help them. The moral of the story is that only with the help of the weakest and smallest creäture can the giant turnip or radish be pulled up.

 

Advertisements

8 thoughts on “Russian Fairy Tale – The Turnip

  1. The story and the images reminds me of my childhood days.

    With the cultural interaction between India and the Soviet Union at it’s peak during the early eighties, we used to get a lot of children’s books and magazines published in USSR.

    They were just beautiful for the beauty of the images and the wonderful songs and stories.

    I still have a few in my collection, I just adore them, Russia is there in my heart since then 🙂

    1. That’s really awesome. I didn’t know that India and Russia had that close of a relationship. Learn something new every day. Thanks.

      You know it would be interesting to find and share about this past relationship. Any ideas?

      1. The close friendship between India and the USSR began immediately after India got independence from England in 1947 and this relation has grown from strength to strength surviving the collapse of the Soviet Union.

        Now there is a strategic partnership between India and Russia.

        Many an Indians used to study in USSR and we have a very close co-operation in space and nuclear technology.

        Most of the Indian military hardware is purchased from Russia, and still the trend continues.

        I really doubt, whether Russia has got this sort of special relationship with any other country in the world.

        My idea is very limited and it’s a very interesting topic for your Facts and Figure post, which I really love reading 🙂

      2. If you are interested, let’s do a post together on this. I will do some research from my side if you will do the same on yours. Could prove very interesting.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s