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The Enormous Carrot Hardcover – April 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 470L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; 1 edition (April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590454919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590454919
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,128,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2?A variation on the familiar Russian folktale. Here, two rabbits are surprised to find an enormous carrot growing in their garden. At harvest time, they solicit help from a variety of friendly barnyard neighbors. Storytime participants will eagerly chime in with the repeated, "But the carrot stayed put. It wouldn't come out." It is finally Lester the Mouse who lends the last measure of muscle power needed to burst the carrot from the begrudging soil. The most festive scene in the story is a double-page spread depicting the carrot feast in which the animals eat "every bit of that enormous carrot until it was all gone." A fascinating menagerie crowds around a circular table groaning with every type of carrot delicacy imaginable. Vagin's contribution is fresh and energetic, told with vocabulary that is as lush and varied as the hues of his framed illustrations. The animals not only pull and tug, they heave and ho, grunt and groan, team and tow, stretch and sway, and holler and haul. With the creatures dressed as rural folk, the pictures have the feel of a Victorian Easter card, but with brilliant garden colors. Enchanting details will captivate readers who may be beyond the simplicity of the tale. The presentation is enhanced by the same large format as Vagin's The Nutcracker Ballet (Scholastic, 1995). A salad bar of springtime delights.?Lisa S. Murphy, formerly at Dauphin County Library System, Harrisburg, PA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Ages 5^-7. Vagin retells "The Enormous Turnip," pitting a cast of farm animals against a more familiar vegetable. When rabbits Daisy and Floyd find the gargantuan root in their garden, they try to pull it up but can't--not even with the help of Mabel the cow, Henry the goat, and Claire cat and her tractor. At last, little Lester mouse joins the string, and that does the trick. The artist clothes his menagerie in comfortable, colorful, modern dress and puts it in a sunny, rural landscape lush with flowers. Made into cake, soup, tarts, pie, cookies, and ice cream, the great carrot feeds a crowd at an outdoor party, after which Daisy and Floyd lie down for a nap, not noticing the tree-size tomato plant behind them. It's a classic tale about the value of cooperation, in a fresh, cheerful garb. John Peters

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
My 3yr. old niece and my friends 4yr.old son can't get enough of this book ! We borrowed it from the library, and both kids wanted their own copy. The colorful illustrations and humerous text really capture their attention. We read it over and over again, and they beg for more. Great kids book !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. WINN on September 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
This oversized (12x9 inch) paperback has 30 pages of beautifully detailed pencil-and-watercolor drawings of a farming neighborhood presented one day with the problem of a carrot that was Enormous.

The farmers (a couple of rabbits) try to pull it up. No luck. It is just too big. Then their neighbor (a cow) offers to help. Not enough. One-by-one, their other friends come by to help out and when the last, smallest one (a mouse) joins in ... they succeed! Then, they have their reward: an enormous feast together.

I had enjoyed this book cover to cover before I realized why it sounded familiar: it is the story of The Little Red Hen, except in reverse. In the Little Red Hen, the neighbors refuse to help and then end up with nothing; in The Enormous Carrot, they all pitch in and are rewarded. This "moral" is not heavyhanded and your child will not notice. Let them simply enjoy the story, the talking animals, and the illustrations!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Ake on May 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book was my favorite when I was a child. I could read really well when I was young, so it's pretty impressive that I had a favorite picture book. The thing I liked about it the most was the picture at the end, a two page spread that has so much to look at that I'd stare at it for hours!!! I think any kid would like this book, unless they just don't like books in general.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 18, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is about a giant carrot growing outside. Almost everybody in the town tried to pull the giant carrot out. It was interesting who tried to pull the carrot out. I recommend this book to people who like beautiful illastrations and carrots.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Maggie E. Lewis on June 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The kids who have read this didn't show much interest in it, but a friend and I got a good few laughs when we read it ourselves with a dirty mind. We're almost convinced it was written with a dirty mind.
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