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Children's Fiction Humorous Stories

City Beet

by (author) Tziporah Cohen

illustrated by Udayana Lugo

Sleeping Bear Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2023
Humorous Stories, Cooking & Food, Other, Non-Religious, Adaptations
Recommended Age
5 to 8
Recommended Grade
k to 3
Recommended Reading age
6 to 7
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2023
    List Price

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When a notice for a community potluck is posted, Victoria and her neighbor Mrs. Kosta decide to bring a beet salad as their contribution. But first they need to grow this special vegetable for their dish. They plant the seeds in their garden plot, and throughout the summer they water, fertilize, weed, and mulch. And they watch their beet grow and grow and grow. On potluck day, it's time to harvest so they can make their salad. Victoria grabs the garlic and the grater and Mrs. Kosta steps up to remove the beautiful red veg from its underground home. But their care and attention has grown the biggest beet ever, and it stubbornly refuses to come loose. This beet won't budge! Will Victoria and Mrs. Kosta be able to make their special salad? Not to worry--help comes in all shapes and sizes. This clever, humorous take on an old folktale is a celebration of community and the ways we all come together. Back matter includes a beet salad recipe.

About the authors

Tziporah (Tzippy) Cohen was born and raised in New York and spent eighteen years in Boston before landing in Canada, where she now lives with her husband, three kids, two cats and one dog.
Tzippy studied French and theater arts at Cornell University, where she was one of a handful of chimesmasters who performed concerts in the campus bell tower. Many years after graduating from Harvard Medical School, she received an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She now splits her time between writing and working as an oncology/palliative care psychiatrist. Follow her on Twitter @tzippymfa.

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Udayana Lugo was born in Russia, but grew up in Mexico City, Mexico, where she studied product design. She later completed her masters in Italy before life took her back to Mexico, then to the United Kingdom. It was there that she decided to become an illustrator, although she can’t remember a time when she wasn’t drawing. Udayana uses a variety of traditional media in her art, and her sketchbooks smell of hairspray, which she uses to fix her drawings. She currently lives with her husband and two kids in Vancouver, Canada, where she carries a sketchbook with her constantly to draw whatever captures her attention.

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