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The Tiny Seed

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  7,365 ratings  ·  283 reviews
In autumn, a strong wind blows flower seeds high in the air and carries them far across the land. One by one, many of the seeds are lost -- burned by the sun, fallen into the ocean, eaten by a bird. But some survive the long winter and, come spring, sprout into plants, facing new dangers -- trampled by playing children, picked as a gift for a friend. Soon only the tiniest ...more
Paperback, 40 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Aladdin (first published June 1st 1970)
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Sharmin Ahmed
‘The Tiny Seed’ is a great book to read to young children aged 4-6. You can start a series of Science lessons by going through the book as a class first, which also ties in cross curricular with Literacy. The short story by Eric Carle contains lots of facts regarding the life cycle of a plant. Children can visually see the growth of a seed, through the brilliantly, colourful illustrations which they can enjoy and appreciate, as it balances out the informative text.

The children can follow the ste
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Kerri
It's a cute book about the cycle of a flower, but more importantly about how a child might be small and behind in the beginning, can truly thrive if he keeps on going and trying.
Martin Hunter
The Tiny Seed is a simple story about the life cycle of a seed. The story begins in autumn and focuses on the journey of the seeds which have been dispersed in the wind. The tiny seed survives by moving slower than the others, until eventually it is the only seed remaining in the garden and has flourished into a tall plant.
This story would ideally be suited to class aged 5-7. I feel it would capture the class’s imagination from the outset and all should be able to relate to the story. There is
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Claire
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

A simple story by the author Eric Carle about the life cycle of a tiny seed. He starts the story in autumn with the journey of the seeds which have just been dispersed into the wind . He focuses on the life of the smallest seed of them all. The story continues on each page with what happens throughout the year as each seeds looks for the perfect place to land before spring. He contrasts how the bigger seeds don’t survive as they went too near the sun, or get stuck on a
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Heather Copp
Instructional Ideas
* Book Talk (language arts)
After sharing the story, talk with students about what they think would have happened next in the story if the author kept going? Help children to understand that the story follows the seasons in a cyclical order. Point out the season at the start of the story and how the life cycle starts all over again. Review the names of the seasons..Ask: What season is it nw? What season came before this one? What season will come next?

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Anjumanara
I came across this book during placement B in a nursery. I used it during the week we decided to grow a seed as a starting point. I think although a little longwinded it unravels the complex life cycle of a plant. It starts off with a seed travelling through various hazardous conditions which have led to some seeds not going through the cycle but one manages to land on an ideal place and is also favoured by good conditions which led to it growing into a big beautiful flower. Eric Carle has a uni ...more
Sally Todd
The Tiny Seed is an intriguing story, which tells the story of a seed’s journey. The story begins with a tiny seed, as it is blown by the wind into different weather conditions, as it eventually takes settles into the ground ready to become a flower. Eventually the flower that has grown begins to die, allowing new seeds to be released into the wind; hence the cycle of a plant begins again. The story is a great introduction in showing children the life cycle of a plant and with that how flowers g ...more
Vanessa
Eric Carle creatively aimed this seemingly complicated concept into a book that is understandable for kids as young as four years old, but I imagine this book's contents cap off at about eight years old. TThe illustrations are similar to The Very Hungry Caterpillar and all of Carle's other books because his specialty and handiness in tissue paper art. This book is perfect for children who are curious about the environment they are placed in and love to explore rather than man made items that are ...more
Kellie Callahan
A story about growing out of adversities. Seeds fly along, blown by the wind. One gets burned by the sun. One gets left on a snowy mountain, never to grow. One drowns in the ocean. But the tiny seed flies on. One falls in the desert, where it’s too hot to grow. Finally the wind stops, and the seeds fall to the ground. One gets eaten by a bird. One gets eaten by a mouse. Then, it is spring, and the seeds begin to grow into plants. The tiny seed does eventually start to grow, but it is growing slo ...more
Kassidy Pine
The Tiny Seed is about flower seeds that are carried across the land. One seed is tiny and it is questioned if it will make it. Some seeds get stuck in the snow and some seeds get burned by the sun, by the tiny seed continues to go one its journey. As months go on the seed continues to thrive and finally begins to grow. At first the tiny seed is a tiny plant and all the plants grow faster than it, but then it grows bigger and stronger than every other flower. The process begins again when the fl ...more
Rachael Mack
Eric Carle was able to tell a complete tale of biology through an incredible, understandable story for children. The Tiny Seed covers the complete life cycle of a seed and explains why the tiny seed is the one that grows into a flower. The story beings in autumn when a bunch of seeds are blown from flowers and carried in the wind. As the story progresses the bigger seeds do not get to turn into plants because they get to close to the sun, land on icy mountains, fall into the ocean, land in the h ...more
Stephanie
Eric Carle’s The Tiny Seed is about the life cycle of flowers. The tiny seeds are carried by the wind on a dangerous path all over the world. Some seeds burn in the sun, some fall into the oceans, and others are eaten by birds. Even the tiny seeds that make it to fertile ground face danger; some seeds are stepped on and picked. However, most of the tiny seeds prevail of the dangers and grow unnoticed into giant flowers. Once autumn comes again the flowers send their seeds into the wind and start ...more
Brooke Murray
The tiny seed is an enchanting story about a tiny seed who is smaller than the rest of the seeds that it is with. But no matter what kind of weather or terrain the seeds go through, the tiny seed still stands strong. Even when the seeds lay down in the ground to grow the tiny seed does not get eaten by animals or picked by small children. The tiny seed grows and grows and suddenly grows in to a giant beautiful flower. The end of this book you'll have to find out what happens to the flower for yo ...more
Ngoc  Dang
This book is great for teaching parts of a plant. Students start to learn about parts of a plant in first grade. This book has great illustration and parts are clear for children to see. They also get to learn about the seasons when plant grows and dies. Teachers could have students plant their seeds and observe it grow into plants. Students can write and draw their observations. This would be a fun and educational hands-on experiment.
Katherine Bryant
Summary:
This book is about the journey of a group of seeds as they travel with the wind. While most of the seeds were destroyed either by the sun, drowning, birds, or children, the tiniest seed was able to survive and grow into the largest flower anyone had ever seen. At the very end of the story the flower of the tiny seed loses its own new seeds which fly into the wind, just as the story had began.

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This story would be a great book to use to introduce a science lesson about plants. I
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Kristina Whitt
The Tiny Seed is a short story about a see who blows across a desert, through fields and mountains before rooting in the spring. The seed has to endure quite a bit in it's short journey but is eventually able to grow into a very large flower. The people and animals of the town think the flower is beautiful and quite big. The story ends with the flower losing its petals and turning into seeds which blow away in the wind.

This story would be fantastic for an interactive read aloud, the book could
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Meagan Furnia
This book is about a tiny seed that sails away in the Autumn wind with other seeds. Some of the larger seeds end up getting burned up by the sun or drowning in the ocean but the tiny seed keeps going on. When it does finally land, it isn't eaten by birds or mice because it is so tiny. When spring comes, the other seeds sprout up much faster and are squished or picked by people. The tiny seed doesn't start growing large until summer where it is able to grow very tall because it is the only flower ...more
Heather
45 months - answers the question why do plants have so many seeds and how come they don't all end up becoming new plants?
Christina Swain
I believe that Carle's purpose for this book is to help readers overcome the many obstacles that we face as humans in life. In the story, the seed goes through many hazards. However, it is his steadfast perseverance that allows him success in the end. As an educator to my future students, I could use this story to help my students understand the importance of a great mindset to overcome battles. This story also is on the life cycle of flower through the adventure of a seed. This could also be ad ...more
Gina
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle is a story about the life of a seed. It starts with the seed being moved by the wind. The seed takes it journey slow and steady, and then makes it way to the garden where it grows into a tall flower.
The illustration by Eric Carle are amazing, and truly add to the story of the tiny seed. He illustrates the tiny seed being slower and smaller then the other seeds, but when the seed grows into a beautiful flower you would never imagine. His use of bright colors adds emph
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Shanna Gonzalez
This book tells the story of a group of flower seeds, blowing into the air in Autumn, with one tiny seed among them. As they journey through many dangerous places, different seeds succumb to death before finding a place to take root: one flies too close to the sun and is burned up, one lands on an icy mountain too cold to germinate it; another lands in the ocean, and so on, but the tiny seed moves on with the remaining seeds. As they begin to fall to the fertile earth, a bird eats one. During th ...more
Harry
The Tiny Seed follows the path of a seed as it leaves the flower and floats on the wind towards its resting spot. Eric Carle helps us empathize with the long journey that seeds must take and all the little things that must happen before a seed is planted in he Earth. He stresses the most minute chances that occur for this little seed to become a flower. It is also good to note that Carle writes about the full circle of life, as the seed makes its own seeds in the end and helps children to think ...more
Joy Colclasure
I love this author! He is by far one of my favorites. I recently read this book to my pre-k children. Our theme was gardens. The children enjoyed this book so much that they clapped and cheered after I read it. This is a great book to show children how a plant or flower grows. It also talks about the seasons of the year. It even has some good positional words and some new vocabulary words for children.Even though this book is a little long, it kept the childrens attention.

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Veronica Diaz
Main Character: Tiny Seed
Setting: Nature/Outdoors
POV: Narrator
Grade Level: 1st-2nd
Reading Level: Fountas-Pinnell - L
Genre: Picture Book

A tiny seed is blowing around with a group of other seeds. One seed goes out of control and blows to high and close to the sun. It burns up! Seeds will not all safely land in their destination. One gets stuck on an icy mountain. Other seeds drown in the ocean. Another seed lands in the desert and can’t grow in the hot and dry conditions. Finally the wind stops an
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Sharlet Mullen
The Tiny Seed follows the path of a seed as it leaves the flower and floats on the wind towards its resting spot. Eric Carle helps us empathize with the long journey that seeds must take and all the little things that must happen before a seed is planted in the Earth. The book starts does a great job of walking through the seasons as it explains what happens to one little seed. The portrait of the circle of life for a seed is great. Not all seed that leave a plant will turn into a beautiful flow ...more
Tyffani Mine
This book is about a small seed and its journey to become a large plant. It talks about how others seeds did not make it due to natural weather occurrences. However, this small seed bypassed the ocean, animals, and other plants, and grew to be a large beautiful plant. This story could be used to encourage creative narrative writing. Students can write about true event and add their own ideas and creative thoughts.
Karen
Eric Carle

The Tiny Seed

The Story is about the growing process of seeds. The story incorporates information about the types of environments that seeds will and will not grow, whilst introducing the seasons. The story enables the reader to find out what happens within the seasons and what dangers the tiny seed faces from the environment and us as humans.

The illustrations are bold and colourful, whilst giving great detail of the outdoor environment. The children really enjoyed reading the story, a
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Jared Burton
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Carle, Eric. The Tiny Seed. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks, 1987.
Genre - Fiction
This book is about a seed that is smaller than all the other seeds it flies with. It is because of its small size that it is able to survive everything it is in danger. Eventually the seed survives and grows into the largest flower ever where people come from all over to see. Eventually the flower begins to die and pass on its own seeds to start the cycle over.
This story is touches on life, death, and the cycl
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Kim Bell
As children's lit goes, this book is fantastic. Loved the illustrations, and following the tiny seed through each season and seeing how it survived and grew into a giant flower, concluding with bearing its own seeds.

From an educational perspective, this is a meaty book (for a picture book) about seasons and growing, though not very versatile - pretty much just the one theme in the book.

From a library/story time perspective, this is not a good book for story time. Too wordy. Maybe if you abridge
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Jessica Judd
The Tiny Seed illustrates what happens to seeds as they are released into the wind from a plant. The seeds all start off blowing in the wind, even the tiniest little seed. All of the seeds are trying to find a place to land before the snow falls so that they can grow when spring comes. Some of the seeds get destroyed or lost before they can take root. Some seeds take root but are picked or stepped on. However, the tiniest seed grows into a sunflower and gives off seeds of its own to create more ...more
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Eric Carle (born June 25, 1929) is a children's book author and illustrator, most famous for his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which has been translated into over 30 languages. Since The Very Hungry Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 71 million copies of his books have sold around ...more
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