The Carrot Seed

The Carrot Seed

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by Ruth Krauss, Crockett Johnson
     
 

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Everyone is certain it won't grow, but a little boy remains confident in his carrot seed's potential. Watch as he carefully plants, tends to, and eventually harvests a carrot whose size is in direct proportion to his unflappable faith in it. See more details below

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Everyone is certain it won't grow, but a little boy remains confident in his carrot seed's potential. Watch as he carefully plants, tends to, and eventually harvests a carrot whose size is in direct proportion to his unflappable faith in it.

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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:
9781442050518
Publisher:
Baker & Taylor, CATS
Publication date:
07/10/2009
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.50(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 was born in New York and spent his childhood on Long Island. He acquired his art education at New York University and Cooper Union.

For many years the author and illustrator of the popular comic strip Barnaby, Mr. Johnson also illustrated many wonderful children's books, including Ruth Krauss's The Carrot Seed. He is perhaps best remembered for his own slyly engaging books about a small boy named Harold and his journeys with a purple crayon.

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