The Tiny Seed

The Tiny Seed

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by Eric Carle
     
 

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In autumn, a strong wind blows flower seeds high in the air and carries them far across the land. One by one, many of the seeds are lost -- burned by the sun, fallen into the ocean, eaten by a bird. But some survive the long winter and, come spring, sprout into plants, facing new dangers -- trampled by playing children, picked as a gift for a friend. Soon only the… See more details below

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In autumn, a strong wind blows flower seeds high in the air and carries them far across the land. One by one, many of the seeds are lost -- burned by the sun, fallen into the ocean, eaten by a bird. But some survive the long winter and, come spring, sprout into plants, facing new dangers -- trampled by playing children, picked as a gift for a friend. Soon only the tiniest seed remains, growing into a giant flower and, when autumn returns, sending its own seeds into the wind to start the process over again.
Eric Carle's eloquent text and brilliant collages turn the simple life cycle of a plant into an exciting story, a nature lesson, and an inspiring message of the importance of perseverance.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This picture book admirably conveys the miracle of a seed. Flower pods burst and dispatch their seeds on the wind; the air-borne seeds are subject to myriad disasters; and the ones that make it through the perils of the seasons to become mature flowering plants are still susceptible to being picked, trod upon and otherwise damaged. But nature allows for survivors, and so the tiny seed grows into a giant flower, releasing its seeds and continuing the cycle. As he has demonstrated with The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other books, Carle has an extraordinary kinship with nature. Here we have not just the explanation of the life of a flower, but drama, lessons of life and a lovely spirituality. This is a reissue of the original 1970 edition, with expanded, expansive collage illustrations. The pages, like the seed pods, burst with color. Ages 4-8. (March)
Children's Literature
The fascinating cycle of plant growth is described in this board book by Eric Carle. It opens with autumn when the wind blows seeds into the air. Out of all the seeds that start the journey only a few make it to the ground in winter. Along the way some have been burned by the sun, fallen into the ocean to feed the fish, landed on a frozen mountain top or fallen onto the dry, inhospitable desert sands. It is not even safe on or in the ground. Birds feed on the seeds and mice nibble others that are in the ground. Finally, spring arrives and the seeds start to grow. Still there are dangers because weeds can grab all of the sun and rain that the little seeds need, but several manage to sprout. Once again all is not safe because a big human foot crushes one of the plants, and the flowers are so attractive that they are picked. During the summer one little seed survives and it grows into an enormous plant with the biggest flower that anyone had ever seen. Autumn comes and the entire cycle repeats. The collage illustrations are attractive and tell the story without needing to read the words. The board book version works from the standpoint of the illustrations, but there is a large amount of text in small type so the book's appeal may be to younger children with fairly long attention spans. This is part of the "A Classic Board Book" series. 2005, Little Simon/Simon & Schuster, Ages 4 to 7.
—Marilyn Courtot
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The fascinating cycle of plant growth is described in this board book by Eric Carle. It opens with autumn when the wind blows seeds into the air. Out of all the seeds that start the journey only a few make it to the ground in winter. Along the way some have been burned by the sun, fallen into the ocean to feed the fish, landed on a frozen mountain top, or fallen onto the dry, inhospitable desert sands. It is not even safe on or in the ground. Birds feed on the seeds and mice nibble others that are in the ground. Finally, spring arrives and the seeds start to grow. Still there are dangers because weeds can grab all of the sun and rain that the little seeds need, but several manage to sprout. Once again all is not safe because a big human foot crushes one of the plants, and the flowers are so attractive that they are picked. During the summer one little seed survives and it grows into an enormous plant with the biggest flower that anyone has ever seen. Autumn comes and the entire cycle repeats. The collage illustrations are attractive and tell the story without needing to read the words. The board book version works from the standpoint of the illustrations, but there is a large amount of text in small type so the book's appeal may be to younger children with fairly long attention spans. In this reissue there is a piece of seeded paper to grow flowers with instructions for planting them included on the inside cover. Part of "The World of Eric Carle" series. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689842443
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
04/01/2001
Series:
World of Eric Carle Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
149,761
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 11.25(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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