The Carrot Seed

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This book teaches the patience and technique of planting a seed and helping it grow. First published in 1945 and never out of print, this timeless combination of Ruth Krauss's simple text and Crockett Johnson's eloquent illustrations creates a triumphant and deeply satisfying story for readers of all ages.

When a little boy plants a carrot seed, everyone tells him it won't grow. But when you are very young, there are some things that you just know, and the little boy knows that ...

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Overview

This book teaches the patience and technique of planting a seed and helping it grow. First published in 1945 and never out of print, this timeless combination of Ruth Krauss's simple text and Crockett Johnson's eloquent illustrations creates a triumphant and deeply satisfying story for readers of all ages.

When a little boy plants a carrot seed, everyone tells him it won't grow. But when you are very young, there are some things that you just know, and the little boy knows that one day a carrot will come up. So he waters his seed, and pulls the weeds, and he waits...

Supports the Common Core State Standards

Despite everyone's dire predictions, a little boy has faith in the carrot seed he plants.

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A small boy plants a carrot seed, only to be told by his family members that it won't grow. The little boy ignores the family, continues to tend his seed, and is rewarded one day with a HUGE carrot. This story about belief in oneself has been enjoyed by children for more than two decades. Johnson's flat and cartoonlike illustrations match Krauss's simple text perfectly.
Parenting
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 - 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.
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
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064432108
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Series: Trophy Picture Bks.
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 60
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 67,790
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD230L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.16 (h) x 0.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Ruth Krauss (1901-1993) is the author of over thirty books for children, including the classics The Carrot Seed, illustrated by her husband, Crockett Johnson, and A Hole Is to Dig, illustrated by Maurice Sendak. "Ruth Krauss's intuitive ability as a writer to capture the free-spirited thought processes and laughter of young children ensures her books' widespread acceptance and timeless appeal." So concludes her entry in children's Books and Their Creators (1995).

Crockett Johnson is the much-loved author and illustrator of five books about Harold and The Purple Crayon. He is also the illustrator of The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2002

    The Best Children's Book Ever!

    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.'

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2002

    A great board book for babies!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2011

    Bland colors and negative statements

    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.

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

    The Carrot Seed

    A classic! Great way for kids to learn about patience

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    Posted August 1, 2009

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