Ruth Krauss, author of A Hole Is to Dig, has crafted a story almost Zen-like in its simplicity. A little boy plants a carrot seed and waits patiently, tending to it carefully, while everyone around him insists that "it won't come up." His conviction is steadfast, however, and sure enough, a carrot worthy of first prize at any state fair springs forth from the earth. Krauss's husband, Crockett Johnson (creator of Harold and the Purple Crayon), illustrated The Carrot Seed, and while the little boy is rendered with uncomplicated lines, all of his hope, confidence, and serenity shine through. The image that resonates most strongly in this minimalist tale is the unfaltering faith of the mild-mannered little boy. Young readers learn that standing your ground in the face of opposition and doubt can often result in twice the reward expected (even thrice the reward, if judging by the girth of this carrot). (Ages 4 to 8) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"It won't come up," everyone warns the young boy in this story, who has great expectations for a carrot seed that he plants and tends carefully. The boy's conviction remains strong in the face of strong doubt and opposition. And to everyone's surprise except his, the carrot he eventually harvests grows as large as his faith, earning him first prize at the state fair. Young readers will learn the values of conviction and faith in this warm children's tale. (Beliefnet, July 2000) -- From BeliefnetSee all Editorial Reviews
This is a very simple book, and a great book for readers who are beginners, but it's also a classic.Published 3 days ago by Mike
The wisdom of life in a few words and simple concept. It's like a positive haiku for little kids!Published 1 month ago by Siddha108
This was a favorite book when my children were little. Now, I am buying it for my grandson.Published 2 months ago by David Murphy
This is a sweet and simple story. Some find it a little too simple. I would suggest that you go to YouTube and check out The Carrot Seed recording. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lily H.