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The Carrot Seed Board Book Board book – May 30, 1993


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Board book: 12 pages
  • Publisher: HarperFestival (May 30, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0694004928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0694004928
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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"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 Beliefnet

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I was pleased with the purchase and she was happy to receive it.
Claudia Harris
I bought this book to read to my grandchildren, but I had read it to their fathers, starting with the oldest who is now 45 years old.
L. Berger
Simple illustrations and prose make this children's classic a book to be read over and over again.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Steven M. Stedman on January 19, 2000
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In his essay "Ruth Krauss and Me," author Maurice Sendak says "that perfect picture book, The Carrot Seed, the granddaddy of all picture books in America, a small revolution of a book that permanently transformed the face of children's book publishing. The Carrot Seed, with not a word or a picture out of place, is dramatic, vivid, precise, concise in every detail. It springs fresh from the real world of children."
This is a timeless classic that has been known and loved by children and parents for years.
A young boy is told by his parents, competition and his big brother that his carrot will not grow. After a long time of pulling weeds, watering and patience the carrot finally grows, and it is huge.
The author Ruth Krauss was born in 1901 is also the author of A Hole Is To Dig; I'll Be You and You Be Me; Charlotte and the White Horse; and many other childrens classics.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By apoem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 3, 2001
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My little boy loves this story.
The simple pictures and the simple story line makes this a sure winner for little kids. The repetitive nature in the beginning leads to prereading skills. The moral is lovely.
I like books that you can use as a jump start to other activities. We planted beans the other day to see if they would grow. Very nice book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
I am a 7 year old boy, and I liked this book! We wrote a story of our own at school like this book. The story I wrote was about a moonflower. In The Carrot Seed, the boy is very likable and his carrot ends up growing humongous.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Neal Stublen on November 29, 2001
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Though the story is simple, the message is grand. If you want to teach your children the value of persistence, this would be a very nice book to add to your children's library.
As the little boy is repeatedly told his efforts are in vain, he quietly goes about his business and, in the end, he is rewarded for his labor. You can use this story to help your children overcome the naysayers they are sure to encounter in life. (Of course, they will also need to learn the value of listening to and heeding wise advice - but that can always be taught from another story.)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By cyber_dude on June 18, 2004
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I do not feel the important lesson from this book is simple perserverance (as others have said). Nor do I feel it is about blind faith. The lesson I take from it is perseverance in the face of all the naysayers in life who would bring you down with them. Dare to dream big, work hard, and have faith in oneself in the face of adversity. This is the only children's book I have seen with such a theme.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 5, 2002
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About 55 years ago, The Carrot Seed was the first book that I checked out from the local library. I loved it then and I still respect it for its clarity and simplicity. Every child should read it or have it read to him or her--many times. Then the child should proceed onto others by the same author and on to a life of loving books and the library.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. W. Fuller on September 27, 2001
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"The Carrot Seed" tells the story of a little boy who plants a carrot seed, then waits patiently for it to grow. Everyday he cares and tends to it; and every day the adults around him shake their head and tell him it will not grow, until one day, to the adults amazement - it does.
"The Carrot Seed" is perfect for beginning readers around the age of three. It is as short as the words used to write the story, and will help children learn to read. It will also provide a moral lesson for the reader, the adult included, which teaches that patience is indeed a virtue; and that hard work and determination can make a world of difference. It also teaches us that just because an adult tells a child something cannot be accomplished, does not always make it so.
I recommend this story not only for children, but for adults; for adults can still learn this moral lesson, along with their children.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sandi Jones on May 15, 2003
Format: Board book
Don't be misled by the teachings that small children only like bright colored books. Trust me, I am a mother of 4, and this book is on the top 10 most read list with my boys. It is a story of faith, hope and perseverance. It is a great quick read. It is perfect when you are too tired to get through a long book.
A long time ago, BC, Before Children, I never would have considered "Horton Hears a Who" a long book, but after trying to read it, tired, to a 2 year old, I found out how long some of the classics are.
If you have little ones, forget the long books, find short treasures like "The Carrot Seed", "Harold and the Purple Crayon", "Are you My Mother?", and the Sandra Boynton books. You'll have time later for the longer books.
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