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Denia Lewis Hester

Pen Name: Denia Hester

Connection to Illinois: Hester lives in Evanston, Illinois.


  • Aesop Accolades Award

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Children

Denia Lewis Hester on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

  Grandma Lena's big ol' turnip
ISBN: 9781489623294 OCLC: 893849800

Grandma Lena believes that something worth doing is worth doing right. So she takes good care of the turnips she plants in her garden. One turnip grows to an enormous size Baby Pearl thinks it s a big potato! It is big enough to feed half the town. And it s so big that Grandma can t pull it out of the ground! Even when Grandpa, Uncle Izzy, Aunt Netty, and the dog help Grandma yank and tug, the big ol turnip doesn t budge. Still, this African-American family, including Baby Pearl, knows how to pull together.

Grandma Lena's big ol' turnip /
ISBN: 0807530239 OCLC: 56329122

Albert Whitman & Co., Morton Grove, Ill. : 2005.

Grandma Lena grows a turnip so big that it takes her entire family pull it up and half of the town to eat it. Includes a note about cooking "soul food."