Gateway to the Classics: First Reader by Franklin T. Baker
 
First Reader by  Franklin T. Baker


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The Turnip

Once upon a time there lived an old man and an old woman.

They had a nice garden.

The old man planted a turnip.

It grew and grew until it was time to pull the turnip out.

The old man went into the garden, and gave the turnip a pull.

But it would not come.

He gave it another pull, a great big pull.

But the turnip would not come out of the ground.


Then the old man called the old woman, and said,

"Come and hold on to me, and help me to pull out the turnip."

The old woman came.

The old man tugged at the turnip.

The old woman tugged at the old man.

And they pulled and they tugged.

And they tugged and they pulled.

But the turnip would not come out of the ground.


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Then the old woman called a little girl.

And the old man tugged at the turnip.

The old woman tugged at the old man.

The little girl tugged at the old woman.

And they pulled and they tugged.

And they tugged and they pulled.

But the turnip would not come out of the ground.


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Then the little girl called a dog.

And the old man tugged at the turnip.

The old woman tugged at the old man.

The little girl tugged at the old woman.

The dog tugged at the little girl.

And they pulled and they tugged.

And they tugged and they pulled.

But the turnip would not come out of the ground.


Then the dog called a cat.

And the old man tugged at the turnip.

And the old woman tugged at the old man.

The little girl tugged at the old woman.

The dog tugged at the little girl.

The cat tugged at the little dog.

And they pulled and they tugged.

And they tugged and they pulled.

But the turnip would not come out of the ground.


Then the cat called a mouse.

And the man tugged at the turnip.

And the old woman tugged at the old man.

The little girl tugged at the old woman.

The dog tugged at the little girl.

The cat tugged at the dog.

And the mouse tugged at the cat.

And they all stood in line, and gave one great big pull, and out came the turnip.


Russian Folk Tale

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