Portrait of the Brothers Grimm, set against a dim, decorative background.

ON DEMAND VIDEO: Virtual Read-Aloud with Emily

Harvest time is here! What better way to celebrate the coming of autumn than with a story about vegetables?

This month’s Virtual Read-Aloud is a lesser-known folktale called “The Turnip,” recorded by the Brothers Grimm.

Jacob Ludwig Karl Grimm (1785–1863) and Wilhelm Carl Grimm (1786–1859) were German academics and authors who collected fairy tales and folktales across Europe during the 19th Century. Their work produced what is arguably the most enduring collection of oral storytelling narratives that has ever been published.

“The Turnip” shares the tale of two brothers, one rich and one poor—and the vast vegetable that changes the course of their fates.

Want to read along? Click here to read the story on Project Gutenberg.

Sound effects included in this video were downloaded from Freesound.com and incorporated in accordance with the Creative Commons Attributions License. No copyright infringement and/or commercial usage is intended.

Thank you to the Friends of the Bloomfield Township Public Library for sponsoring the closed captioning of this video.

A new read-aloud will be published every month on the Adult Services Vimeo page, so keep an eye out for new titles! Material selected for these read-alouds are in the public domain and are sourced from Project Gutenberg, so that listeners can read along if they would like.