Die riesengroße Rübe

We're delighted to present our German version of The Enormous Turnip - originally written by Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy and first published 107 years ago!turnip

The repetitive nature of the story makes it a great one for joining in, acting out - and maybe even having a bit of a jig along to the music!

The text is highlighted as it's read and simple navigation controls allow the user to pause the soundtrack and hide the text at any point in the story.

mouseDon't forget to look out for the mouse hiding in each page!

The story is also available in BulgarianEnglishFrench and Spanish.

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turnipThe first 6 scenes of the story are available to preview...

... there are 11 more scenes to enjoy!

Login or subscribe to view the whole story full screen and download the printable resources and images.


Character masks to print out and wear when acting out the story!
Click Großvater to preview - the file opens full size in a new window ready to print or save.

Puppet Templates

A set of 25 individual puppets arranged over 10 pages. Print out, laminate or stick onto card, then cut around the thick black lines. Finish off by fastening a strip of strong card or a lolly stick to the back.

Click the first image to preview or subscribe to download the full set.

Puppet Gallery

Make your own stick puppets using our set of printable templates and have fun acting out the story with your friends!

You could use the dialogue from the Story Book or Story Cards to help with a script for your puppet show.

Here are some we made earlier...
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Dominoes 1

A simple domino game to play in pairs. Take 3 cards each and leave the rest in a pile. Take turns to place your dominoes, matching the picture with the text and reading the words aloud.
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Dominoes 2

Practise reading sentences from the story with this game of 20 domino cards. Play in pairs or 3s, each player taking 5 cards to start. Match the picture with the text and read the sentence aloud. Click to preview page 1 or log in to download.

Story Cards

The complete story in 5 pages with simple graphics. Cards can be cut up and used for sequencing activities or as prompts for role play.
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Story Book

Five page story book with full text and simple graphics for classroom printing.
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Smart Notebook Gallery Collection

Smart Notebook Gallery The collection consists of almost 60 images from the story - backgrounds, characters and titles to help you create your own resources and activities.

A sample of images can be previewed - subscribe to download all images.

If you have Smart Notebook installed on your computer, when you download and click on the Image Gallery file below and choose 'Open', Smart Notebook will open and an Enormous Turnip folder will be created in the 'My Content' folder in your Gallery.Smart collection icon

The folder will be saved in your Gallery unless you choose to delete it.

If you have problems downloading the Smart Notebook gallery file on your computer, try the zipped version instead.

If you don't have a Smartboard, or want to use the images in other programs such as Word or PowerPoint, you can also download the images as a single zipped file.