Carrot Seed

Carrot Seed

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by Krauss

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When you are very young,
there are some things that you just know....

This treasured story of childhood faith rewarded is now avaliable in a board book edition for the youngest child.


When you are very young,
there are some things that you just know....

This treasured story of childhood faith rewarded is now avaliable in a board book edition for the youngest child.

Editorial Reviews

In this cunningly paced fable about patience and standing one's ground, a little boy plants a carrot seed, weeds and waters the spot, and waits for something to happen. A parade of nay-sayers drop by to tell the boy, 'I'm afraid it won't come up. 'The big moment is a stupendous surprise. . . the little hero's homegrown triumph.
Children's Literature
This simplest of stories for the very young (first published in 1945 and never out of print) has a new, 60th-anniversary edition, essentially unchanged except for a bold new cover design and deeper colors on its pages. Krauss wrote many more stories, including two Caldecott Honor books and the beloved A Hole Is to Dig (illustrated by Maurice Sendak). The illustrator of The Carrot Seed is her husband, famous at the time for his comic strip Barnaby, but later best-known for Harold and the Purple Crayon. The collaborators show us a little boy planting a carrot seed, watering it, waiting for it to come up in spite of doubts by his family. His care, patience, and unshakable belief are rewarded when, one day, up pop tall green carrot fronds waving above his head. The final picture shows him wheeling away a huge, dark orange carrot—it has come up "just as he knew it would." Krauss has chosen each word with care; Johnson's spare pictures use an essential minimum of line and shape surrounded by lots of open space. Chris Van Allsburg would choose The Carrot Seed for his "Western canon for children." Sendak believes it to be a perfect picture book "that permanently transformed the face of children's book publishing." A truly minimalist creation, this tale of faith and belief on the part of a child living in his own world is deeply satisfying to the youngest readers, and an enduring classic among children's books. 2005 (orig. 1945), HarperCollins, Ages 2 to 7.
—Barbara L. Talcroft
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
What a great message! A little boy plants a carrot seed. He tends it with loving care in spite of the dire predictions by everyone that nothing will grow. Finally his faithful service is rewarded-an enormous carrot is his reward. Around for more than fifty years, this little treasure gets new life as a board book. 1993, (orig.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Toddlers who like to carry around a favorite story will be glad for the board book formatting of Krauss' 1945 classic book, The Carrot Seed. This black and white illustrated story tells of a little boy with big faith. Don't be put off by the simplicity of design and lack of color, there's a good reason why this book has endured for over fifty years.

Product Details

HarperCollins Children's Books
Publication date:
Carrot Seed Classic Series
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Ruth Krauss, a member of the experimental Writer,s Laboratory at the Bank Street School in New York City in the 1940s, imaginatively used humor and invented words to create some of the very first books for children that highlighted a child,s inner life. She collaborated with some of the greatest illustrators in children,s literature, including Maurice Sendak and her husband, Crockett Johnson.

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The Carrot Seed 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was read to me in the 50's as a young boy. It is one of my favorite books of all times. Mom, dad and brother tell the young boy that something is impossible, a 'confederacy of dunces.'The boy persists and the carrot grows. This is a critical lesson of life, people telling you that something is impossible, children need to learn that things are 'possible,' and often when they try to make a bold move, the world will align against them, yet one must persist, as truly 'all things are possible.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 18 month old son loves it. It's simple text and cute illustrations are great for babies and it's a joy to read for the adults. As a bonus, you get a moral lesson with it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Talk about critical. People are so negative to this kid who is just trying to grow a carrot. I'm not a fan of my kid repeating some of the things in this book. They are minor but in general kids should be encouraged, not discouraged.
orphan71 More than 1 year ago
A classic! Great way for kids to learn about patience
Anonymous More than 1 year ago