The Giant Carrot

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A TALL tale about the power of teamwork When sweet Little Isabelle's family plants a carrot seed one day, tall Papa Joe, wide Mama Bess, and strong Brother Abel all do their part. But when Little Isabelle wants to help too, Brother Abel just laughs. 'What can you do'? he asks. ?I'll sing and dance to the carrot to make it grow,? she says. ?And come summer, we'll have little cups of sweet carrot puddin?.? Sure enough, that carrot takes a fancy to Little Isabelle's singing and dancing and grows to an amazing ...

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Overview

A TALL tale about the power of teamwork When sweet Little Isabelle's family plants a carrot seed one day, tall Papa Joe, wide Mama Bess, and strong Brother Abel all do their part. But when Little Isabelle wants to help too, Brother Abel just laughs. 'What can you do'? he asks. ?I'll sing and dance to the carrot to make it grow,? she says. ?And come summer, we'll have little cups of sweet carrot puddin?.? Sure enough, that carrot takes a fancy to Little Isabelle's singing and dancing and grows to an amazing height-proving that great things can be accomplished when everyone works together. Based on an old Russian folktale, and complete with a scrumptious recipe for carrot puddin?, this wonderfully humorous story shows the strength of teamwork and the power of a touch of imagination.

Little Isabelle surprises her family with her unique way of helping a carrot seed grow and of getting the huge vegetable from the ground. Includes a recipe for carrot pudding.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Peck transforms the old Russian folktale about a turnip into a rustic Texas yarn about a carrot that grows enormous enough to meet the needs of an entire family. When tall Papa Joe decides to plant a carrot seed so "come summer, when it's grown, [he can] drink a tall glass of carrot juice," he discovers that his family has other plans for the vegetable. Wide Mama Bess has her heart set on "a wide bowl of carrot stew," and strong Brother Abel craves "a jar of strong carrot relish." They dig the earth, plant the seed and water it carefully, but only "sweet Little Isabelle['s]" singing and dancing can make the carrot grow. Peck's linguistic repetitions and folksy dialect sometimes strain for effect "Well, [says Brother Abel] for cryin' in a bucket", but Root's Someplace Else depiction of the family's dirt farm and ramshackle log cabin are full of sunshine and energy. His carrot-colored earth, cornflower blue skies and popcorn-like clouds look good enough to eat, but nothing can equal the endearing insouciance of Little Isabelle's dance as the carrot begins "to shiver and shake and quiver and quake" and pops right out of the ground. A recipe for "Little Isabelle's Carrot Puddin' " is included at the end of the book. Ages 4-8. Mar.
Children's Literature - Joan Carris
"Tall Papa Joe" and "wide Mama Bess" plant one tiny carrot seed which grows enthusiastically, mainly because of "sweet Little Isabelle's" singing and dancing. Strong Brother Abel waters it, yet the family together cannot yank it out of the ground until Little Isabelle hits just the right high note, causing the carrot to release its earthly hold. Then there is a tall glass of carrot juice, a wide bowl of carrot stew, a strong jar of carrot relish, and little bowls of "sweet carrot puddin'" for Isabelle. The down-home country art and hillbilly treatment given to this old Russian tale may not appeal to everyone, but it's a more innovative retelling than Vagin's The Enormous Carrot. The recipe for "Carrot Puddin'" at the end may well be the best part.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3A delightful variation of the folktale "The Turnip." Papa Joe, Mama Bess, Brother Abel, and sweet Little Isabelle all have plans for the carrot seed they plant. Papa wants juice, Mama hopes to plant her lips on a bowl of carrot stew. Abel is all set for carrot relish, but tiny Isabelle desires carrot pudding, and it is her wondrous singing and dancing that cause the carrot to grow to enormous proportions. After the other three struggle long and hard to pull it up, it is her sweet, high-pitched song that finally pops that carrot right out of the ground. That tremendous vegetable provides the whole family with plenty of their favorite treats. A recipe for carrot pudding is included. This tale begs to be read aloud. There is a fine, humorous sense of story and a down-home style in Peck's language. Root's overblown, comic watercolor-and-gouache illustrations are the perfect match for this peppy story. A succulent story to savor.Beth Tegart, Oneida City Schools, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803718234
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 227,216
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.93 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2007

    My son's favorite book

    My son got this book from his grandparents when he was only 3 year old.Now he is 5,he still enjoys it and we just love to read it over and over again.It's a great story for teamwork.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2003

    Delightful!

    The prose glows as warmly as the sun-drenched illustrations. A delight for preschoolers and for the grown-ups who read to them. I just wish the author had included, not only a recipe for sweet carrot puddin', but also one for wide Mama Bess's thick carrot stew! Yum!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2001

    Top of the Line!!

    The story and artwork in the this book deserves an award! Do your children a favor and buy a copy of this re-telling of an old folk tale. This book is simply magic.

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