The Tiny Seed

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Join the tiny seed on an adventure as it becomes a giant flower! Plant the detachable seed-embedded paper to grow beautiful flowers of your very own.

A simple description of a flowering plant's life cycle through the seasons.

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Overview

Join the tiny seed on an adventure as it becomes a giant flower! Plant the detachable seed-embedded paper to grow beautiful flowers of your very own.

A simple description of a flowering plant's life cycle through the seasons.

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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)
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Steve Lavis looks at animals foreign and domestic with two Peek-Through Board Books. On the Farm follows the wooly sheep as he searches out who has eaten its breakfast. As each page is turned, more animals become visible through the die-cut spaces. The culprits are found behind the tractor. In the Jungle follows the same format, only this time a crocodile is in hiding. "Here I am!" shouts the crocodile on the last spread. Then he asks, "Who wants to hide next?" ( Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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: 4/1/2001
  • Series: World of Eric Carle Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 44,462
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Carle is the author and illustrator of more than seventy books for children, many of them bestsellers. Born in Syracuse, New York, he moved to Germany with his parents when he was six years old. He studied at the Academy of Graphic Arts in Stuttgart before returning to the United States, where he worked as a graphic designer for The New York Times and later as art director for an international advertising agency. His first two books, 1,2,3 to the Zoo and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, gained him immediate international recognition. The latter title, now considered a modern classic, has sold more than 30 million copies and has been translated into forty-eight languages. Eric Carle and his wife, Barbara, divide their time between the mountains of North Carolina and the Florida Keys.

Eric Carle is the author and illustrator of more than seventy books for children, many of them bestsellers. Born in Syracuse, New York, he moved to Germany with his parents when he was six years old. He studied at the Academy of Graphic Arts in Stuttgart before returning to the United States, where he worked as a graphic designer for The New York Times and later as art director for an international advertising agency. His first two books, 1,2,3 to the Zoo and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, gained him immediate international recognition. The latter title, now considered a modern classic, has sold more than 30 million copies and has been translated into forty-eight languages. Eric Carle and his wife, Barbara, divide their time between the mountains of North Carolina and the Florida Keys.

Biography

Ever since he began innovating the look and function of children's stories in the late 1960s, Eric Carle has remained an author whose stories reliably hit the bestseller lists and remain on kids' bookshelves through generations.

He began as a designer of promotions and ads, and one illustration of a red lobster helped jump-start his career. The lobster caught the eye of author Bill Martin, Jr.; Martin asked Carle to illustrate the now-classic 1967 title Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and a career was born.

Born in Syracuse, New York but brought by his immigrant parents back to Germany when he was six, Carle was educated in Stuttgart and designed posters for the United States Information Center there after graduating from art school. He finally returned to the country he missed so much as a child in 1952.

He eventually began procuring work on children's titles, and found himself becoming increasingly involved in them. "I felt something of my own past stirring in me," he wrote in a 2000 essay. "An unresolved part of my own education needed reworking, and I began to make books -- books for myself, books for the child in me, books I had yearned for. I became my own teacher -- but this time an understanding one."

He began his career with the 1968 title 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo; but his next title, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, is what still endears him to young readers today. Employing his bright, collage style and lending an immediacy to the tale by manifesting the caterpillar's hunger in actual holes in the pages, Carle began what would be a long career of creative approaches to simple stories. From the chirp emerging from The Very Quiet Cricket to the delightful fold-out pages in Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, Carle's books provide surprises that make his stories come alive in ways that many titles for preschoolers do not.

Carle's style, with its diaphanous, busy and bold artwork, is perfect for engaging new readers. His stories are also popular with parents and educators for their introductions to the natural world and its cycles. It's a particular pleasure to follow Carle into different corners of the world and see what can be learned from the creatures who live in them.

Good To Know

Regularly asked where he gets his ideas, Carle is quoted on his publisher's web site as responding: "Of course, the question of where ideas come from is the most difficult of all. Some people like to say they get ideas when they're in the shower. That's always a very entertaining answer, but I think it's much deeper than that. It goes back to your upbringing, your education, and so forth." He does say, however, that the idea for The Very Hungry Caterpillar came when he whimsically began punching holes in some paper, which suggested to him a bookworm at work. His editor later suggested he change the bookworm to a caterpillar, and the rest is history.

Carle was unhappy to be in Germany when his immigrant parents brought him back there as a child. He hated his new school and wanted to go back to America. He said: "When it became apparent that we would not return, I decided that I would become a bridge builder. I would build a bridge from Germany to America and take my beloved German grandmother by the hand across the wide ocean."

Before he became a freelance illustrator and began working on children's books, Carle worked as a graphic designer for the New York Times and as art director of an ad agency.

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    1. Hometown:
      Northampton, Massachusetts and the Berkshires
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 25, 1929
    2. Place of Birth:
      Syracuse, New York
    1. Education:
      Akademie der bildenden Künste, Stuttgart, 1946-50
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  • Posted May 23, 2009

    Wonderful

    Eric Carle captures the growth of a seed perfectly through his words and illustrations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2009

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    Great Book

    I love Eric Carle's books and it has helped my daughter learn to read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2008

    Colorful pictures

    This is a good book because it has good pictures. The illustrator used alot of color and interesting art techniques. Plus this book has a lot of information to teach you about seeds and plants. But I'm still scared of flowers with bees on them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2007

    Another Carle-Classic

    My seven-year-old son is always planting and transplanting trees, flowers and other plants, and he loves this book which shows him how a plant goes thru changes throughout the seasons.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2004

    Excellent Book

    I use this book when I'm doing Jack and the Beanstalk to teach about the cycle of a seed. The kids love it and so do I!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2002

    Amazing Book for Kids

    I loved this book. It was one of the first books I read as a child, and it is amazing. I use it in my volunteer work at elementary schools, and all the kids really get into the story. Great pictures.

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