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The Tiny Seed

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  9,876 Ratings  ·  377 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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Oct 26, 2016 Stacy rated it really liked it
My granddaughter was rooting for the tiny seed. Good book for helping illustrate the life cycle of a plant.
Sharmin Ahmed
Feb 21, 2014 Sharmin Ahmed rated it really liked it
‘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
Apr 26, 2011 Kerri rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 22, 2013 Claire rated it really liked it
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
Martin Hunter
Jan 11, 2014 Martin Hunter rated it really liked it
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
Kate Hoglund
Mar 07, 2016 Kate Hoglund rated it it was amazing
The illustrations in the book are perfect and leading. They add to the text and create a place for better understanding. I also really enjoyed the story which went along with it. A story about seasons and seeds and their growth. Seeds movement throughout the earth and around the world. It is a very good cool read.
Anna Flowers
Oct 11, 2016 Anna Flowers rated it it was amazing
This is a charming book about the life cycle of a flower through the adventure of a particular tiny seed. The story begins with the wind sweeping up seeds to start an exciting journey through the different seasons. It focuses on the dispersal of seeds and the many obstacles they face before becoming a beautiful flower. Eric Carle uses a simple style with colorful illustrations to bring the story to life. The story is clearly and accurately portrayed by visually showing the reader what the text s ...more
Eliza Buell
Sep 12, 2016 Eliza Buell rated it really liked it
“The Tiny Seed,” by Erice Carle is a story about a tiny seed of a flower who is among large seeds who face the challenges of making it through many obstacles to become a beautiful flower. The journey for the tiny seed is much more difficult than it is for the others, but the tiny seed pushes through and never gives up. Many other seeds faced trouble as they encountered cold snow and hot deserts that ends the journey for them. Some are eaten by birds and or stepped on by children and they can n
Oct 17, 2016 Casey rated it it was amazing
Synthesis:The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle is a children's picture book that takes the reader through the life cycle of a plant. It begins with a seed in autumn and goes through a full year following one seed in particular. Through fun and colorful illustrations and personifying the seed to make its actions come to life, this book is very informative and entertaining for young readers.

Teaching Connections: This book is great for a science lesson on the life-cycle of a seed. It describes the general p
Emily Goldsmith
Apr 26, 2016 Emily Goldsmith rated it really liked it
‘The Tiny Seed’, is a beautifully descriptive book describing the journey of a tiny seed and the dangers it faces after being swept up by the wind along with many ‘bigger’ seeds. The seeds are taken over deserts, oceans and up by the sun but the tiny seed survive because it cannot go as high as the bigger seeds. When the seeds eventually land, tiny seed is faced with even more dangers such as birds eating the seeds and when the bigger seeds begin to flower, tiny seed is upset and does not believ ...more
Heather Copp
Apr 10, 2011 Heather Copp rated it really liked it
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?

* Make a Story Cycle (Lang
Michelle McBeth
SUMMARY: A tiny seed, smaller than the others, makes a very long journey until it can grow into something amazing.

ILLUSTRATIONS: Eric Carle's style is simple, yet rich with color and story.

REVIEW: It is important to note that I am reviewing the Level 2 Reader which is NOT the classic original of The Tiny Seed. This is a slightly revised version that is in a level 2 reader format. One of the things I love about the words in this book is that is does not feel as if they were "dumbed" down to make
May 01, 2012 Anjumanara rated it liked it
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
May 04, 2012 Sally Todd rated it really liked it
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
Ngoc  Dang
Mar 16, 2011 Ngoc Dang rated it really liked it
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.
Emily Cook
Mar 12, 2015 Emily Cook rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
My boys were fascinated by this book- a perfect read for springtime! What a celebration of the beauty of plants!
Feb 23, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, butterflies
45 months - answers the question why do plants have so many seeds and how come they don't all end up becoming new plants?
Nov 09, 2016 Katherine rated it really liked it
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
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Grade P-2
The Tiny Seed is a children’s informational book that explains seeds, and how they are spread. It shows many different varieties of where seeds can end up. The book shows the whole life of a seed.
The Tiny Seed is a good book for teaching about seeds. It’s another Eric Carle book, which sounds promising in itself because lots of children love his books. The pictures that go along with each page are pretty and show what the words are saying.
I would us
Ashley Weigand
Feb 17, 2017 Ashley Weigand rated it liked it
Shelves: el-230, picture-book
This is the story of a tiny seed's journey to becoming a flower. This is an excellent story for teaching young children the different seasons, geographic locations, and the life cycle of a plant. This will also encourage self esteem in children because they will identify with the tiny seed. The seed was the smallest of the bunch but turned into a giant flower. I would recommend this book to kids ages five through nine.
Mar 16, 2017 Nicole rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a great story that follows a seed through it's life cycle. I like examples of the seeds that don't get planted because it helps explains why one flower might make hundreds of seeds. I did think it was a little long in some parts but it still has some great explanations for plant life cycles.
Feb 25, 2017 Crystal rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
3 year old preschooler found this book riveting! We learned about a basic flower life cycle and talked in depth about plants due to this book. Tons of activities on pinterest you can do with this book, as well. Great for when you're talking about plants, flowers or seasons!
Bea Araujo
Mar 01, 2017 Bea Araujo rated it it was amazing
So cute. Went with Science very well. 1-4
Leeland Parten
Feb 04, 2017 Leeland Parten rated it it was amazing
I love the tiny seed. It is about one tiny seed that can't do what the others can do but then it becomes a giant flower and can do what the others can't do.
Emerson and Theodore
Awesome Carle!
Jan 15, 2017 Anna rated it it was ok
Shelves: preschool-lit
A good initial idea in that it describes the natural process in which a seed might become a flower (and a nice lesson in that the growing can apply to children as well), but WOOOOOOW SO LONG-WINDED. This is the only Eric Carle book my students don't request.
Harriette Cooke
Jan 18, 2017 Harriette Cooke rated it really liked it
I thought this book by Eric carle was really good. It follows the life of a seed through the seasons and how plants change during different times of the year. It looks at how plants can die and therefore what they need to survive which I thought was really nicely done. This would be a great book for science in KS1 when looking at plants! #plants #seeds #science #ks1
Dec 27, 2016 Ryan rated it liked it
The kiddo recognized that this book was by the same author as the hungry caterpillar and the grouchy ladybug. Z listened to the whole story & really loved it when the tiny seeds became tiny plants that bloomed into flowers. But it wasn't the hit some of the other boos have been. When z loves a new book, he immediately wants to read it again several times in a row. Instead he wanted to read something else.
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Sep 20, 2016 Rola || رُلى rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-readings
This is definitely a great way to learn about science and to remember the informations for a long time
Katherine Bryant
May 29, 2014 Katherine Bryant rated it really liked it
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.

This story would be a great book to use to introduce a science lesson about plants. I
Madi Melendrez
Jan 20, 2016 Madi Melendrez rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
Summary - This is a story about a tiny flower seed. This tiny flower seed is much smaller than all the other seeds. The story goes on to talk about the bigger seeds and the difficulties they face. One gets too close to the sun and burns. Another gets stuck on a mountain top and cannot grow because of the snow. The tiny seed was afraid it wouldn’t be able to keep up with the others and although it’s a struggle he does for a long time. Finally all the seeds land. Most of the seeds are eaten by bir ...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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