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Too Many Carrots Hardcover – February 1, 2016
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PreS-Gr 1—Carrot-obsessed Rabbit enjoys collecting his favorite vegetable to the point that his den is so crowded with carrots that there isn't enough room for him. Rabbit sets out to solve his problem. Tortoise offers to share his shell with Rabbit. Rabbit (along with a dozen obligatory carrots) squirms into Tortoise's shell, and Tortoise's shell cracks. Now Tortoise and Rabbit both need a place to sleep, so they ask Bird. After three bodies and a load of carrots are stashed into Bird's nest, the branch breaks. The three homeless friends move in with Squirrel. After Rabbit fills Squirrel's tree with carrots, there is no room for the four of them. So the story goes until Rabbit feels so bad that he has made so many of his forest friends homeless that he invites everyone back to his den to stay and share his delicious cache of carrots. Hudson's watercolor and ink illustrations are sprinkled with fun details, like house signs. The critters' faces are as expressive as they are cute, adding feeling to the dialogue-heavy storytelling. Children will empathize with Rabbit's need to collect and keep his favorite things near him at all times. They may even think a bit about sharing, the ultimate message of the book. VERDICT This entertaining addition is suitable for sharing one-on-one or in a group.—Mindy Hiatt, Salt Lake County Library Services, UT
About the Author
Katy Hudson won the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award Gold in 2014 for her illustrations in the book Animal Teachers. Her debut picture book, Bear and Duck, received strong reviews, including a starred review from Kirkus. Katy lives in London.
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I always believe that children should have a library of classically good books from their childhood. A box of treasured memories that ventures into adulthood with them and provides clues into the literature that formed their lives. Their memories and their creativity. Their dreams and hopes.
I think that TOO MANY CARROTS is one of those books. First, it is absolutely beautifully illustrated. Exquisite detail. Bright colors. Delicate colors. The splashing water illustrations are so realistic and artfully splishy splashy wet as to make you just want to sit and stare at the picture. You have to wonder at the creative mind of the illustrator who envisions a rabbit burrow bursting with carrots and then actually executes a painting which shows the sheer creativity of that visual image.
Just when you think your visual load of unimaginable situations has been satisfied, you suddenly notice the little boards painstakingly nailed up the side of a tree trunk. Well, of course! They are leading to Bird's nest and we follow a wobbly trail of falling carrots out to an impossibly and improbably placed nest, precariously resting at the very wobbled, tippy end of a branch.
But, that's not even the best part!
I loooooooooooooved Squirrel's house. The creaking and groaning of the tree as too many animals moved in . . .but turn the page . . .and Beaver's house floating down the strong current, a shambles of wood and Windows and carrots, I think it is one of my favorite illustrations in the whole book, until you turn the page, oh! My! I think I love the next picture the most!
Love! Love! Love! The whole book! I like larger books. I think the larger size engages the child more.i love the colors. They all go with orange. The water colors are soft and dreamy with exquisitely added details in more exactingly draw lines. Delightful expressions on the animal's faces. All in all, there a lot to engage a child's attention.
And not to overlook this fact. The book deals with the concept of abundance. It's important for children to learn to share and to give to others as part of learning to be a caring, loving person. This delightful book opens the communication and allows us that opportunity to share important values with the next generation.
And before I forget . . .you and I both know where a turtle lives. Right? Wait until you see what Rabbit does when Turtle lets Rabbit move in with him. Such a delightful burst of creativity captured on the page!
The only thing I did not like about the book is that . . . .it ended.
Back to adulthood . . .