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The Turnip

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No matter how hard they pulled, the turnip just would not turn up.
No matter how hard they pulled, the turnip just would not turn up.
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A farmer once planted some turnip seeds. "Grow, seeds, grow," he said. And they did. But one turnip grew faster than the rest. It was enormous!

One day the farmer wanted turnip stew. He grabbed the huge turnip and pulled. But the turnip just would not turn up.

So the farmer asked his wife for help. They pulled and pulled, but that turnip just would not turn up.

The wife fetched the boy and girl next door. The boy pulled the girl, who pulled the wife, who pulled the farmer, who pulled the turnip. But that turnip just would not turn up.

The girl and the boy called for their cat and dog. The cat pulled the dog, who pulled the boy, who pulled the girl, who pulled the wife, who pulled the farmer, who pulled the turnip. But that turnip just would not turn up.

The cat meowed for the mouse. The mouse pulled the cat, who pulled the dog, who pulled the boy, who pulled the girl, who pulled the wife, who pulled the farmer, who pulled the turnip. But that turnip just would not turn up!

Along came a ladybug. She reached out and gave the wife's skirt a tiny tug. And do you know what happened? The earth cracked, and pop! The turnip turned up.

That night, the farmer, the wife, the boy, the girl, the dog, the cat, the mouse, and the ladybug dined on the tastiest turnip stew ever imagined.

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