My dear friend's little boy is turning 4 tomorrow! He's grown so much this year, has really turned into a little man. He began his first year at our local Waldorf School and has really blossomed there.
Despite my friend's repeated attempts to ask her friends and family to refrain from gifting her son with media based toys, she lamented over the mountains of Transformer and Batman toys her son received this Christmas feeling defeated. He loves those toys, but she has worked really hard since he has started at The Waldorf School to try to introduce him to toys that encourage more open ended play.
I know how hard she is struggling and how she feels nobody is taking her request/concerns about the media toys seriously. So I decided to gift her son with a story. I needle felted a carrot, knitted then felted a little mouse, and knitted a chicken, a horse and the cutest little gnome I ever did see (if I do say so myself).
The story is inspired by this story which is inspired by The Giant Turnip, I believe.