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The Carrot Seed

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  10,723 ratings  ·  313 reviews
When you are very young,
there are some things that you just know....
This treasured story of childhood faith
rewarded is now avaliable in a board book
edition for the youngest child.
Board Book, 32 pages
Published May 30th 1993 by HarperFestival (first published 1945)
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Ryan Collette
This book is deep. It explores the complex nature of family and gardening technique. The obvious question when reading this book is whether the bumps on the boy's head is his hair or just a lumpy head. It's confusing because the lumps are the same color as his face. I don't know if I'm dealing with a boy or an alien. The other begged question is his landscape for planting the seed. Are we not seeing the whole picture or is he really planting a single carrot seed in a small patch of dirt? I would ...more
Beth Sniffs Books
The Carrot Seed is the story of an unnamed boy who plants a seed. He is told repeatedly by his mother, father, and big brother that it just won’t grow. Yet the little boy continues to weed and water his seedling with care. Even though the little boy was surrounded by naysayers, he did not let that discourage him, he kept working. At the book’s close we see the little boy harvesting a large carrot.

Although this is a good story with a nice message, much to my surprise, I just wasn’t entirely won o
nothing special , really!
all his family thought his carrot seed wont grow but it finally did
I guess the author wanted to tell how important it is to stand for your own believe, that's all
Necole Penn
This book shows a lot of motivation and determination with this little boy trying to grow his own carrot. He was able to prove his parents, and brother wrong by keeping his plant well fed and watered that soon it sprouted. The Carrot Seed shows young children how to grow plants, how to feed them and to check on them daily for a good expected outcome. This book is great for a science domain in learning. Even when no one else has faith in you or your projects, you have to keeping moving foward and ...more
Try sharing this story with children. Here's how:

Introduce the author and illustrator.

I mentioned that Crockett Johnson also made the Harold and the Purple Crayon books and I wonder if the father in this story (turn to page that pictures the father) is Harold all grown up.

There is very little text in this book.

Stretch the story by miming many of the actions.

Open one hand palm up and invite the children to do the same. Say there’s a tiny seed in your hand and it is black.

Close fist around th
Cj Lee
The carrot seed was another learning experience for me as a parent. It taught me not to criticize or tell my children that something cannot be done. In the book the little boy plants a carrot seed and waits patiently for the carrot to grow. In the book his whole family tells him that the carrot would not blossom but with perseverance, the carrot finally came up from the ground just as he was expecting. I bet with the carrot growing as he was expecting, his self-esteem and confidence was restored ...more
Hailey White
Faith & Perseverance....two traits I hope to instill in the hearts of my children. Love this story but the illustrations hold me back from a 5 star rating.
Ellen Sun
The first book I borrowed from the library.
I love the little boy who believe in himself.
Michele Stalmer
A classic! Great way for kids to learn about patience, faith and believing in yourself.
Reily Riemersma
The Carrot seed by Ruth Krauss is a story about a little boy who plants a carrot seed. Despite the negativity his family infers about the carrot seed not growing he is very persistent about watering it every day and keeping up with its needs. He has high hopes and faith that his carrot seed will one day grow.
What really caught my eye from the beginning of this story was the persistence of this little boy. Although his entire family was telling him that the carrot seed would never grow he was a
The faith the little boy, in Ruth Krauss' children book callled The Carrot Seed, is to be admire by anyone and everyone who reads it. The little boy plants a carrot seed into the soil. He is told by every member of his family that the carrot is never going to grow, but the little boy never gives up. He knows that one day the little seed in the ground will sprout into a marvolous carrot. He believes in what he can not yet see, even when everyone around him tells him that he's wrong. The pictures ...more
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Jennifer Olson
In this book, a little boy planted a carrot seed. While no one has faith in him, he cares diligently for it and in the end is rewarded with a giant carrot. This book has an Accelerated Reader level of 1.9 or a Guided Reading level G. With few words on each page, the illustrations are essential, especially to the ending.

As the book progresses, students could be asked to predict what will happen next in a turn and talk. This book is a good tie in to a lesson about plants since the boy waters and
Daniella Variale
The Carrot Seed is a story about a boy who planted a carrot seed. His family told him they did not think it would ever sprout; however, with his persistence and dedication, the story’s main themes, the boy got the results he wanted.
The book is orientated vertically, probably to accommodate the image of the boy’s parents and the large leafy top of his carrot in the second to last opening. By making the book vertical, the boy’s family could be pictured tall enough to look down on him. Since the b
Rachel Lizan
Genre: This picture book is in the category Controlled Vocabulary.

Summary: A little boy plants a carrot seed. Everyone around him tells him that it won’t grow, but he continues to believe it will grow and eventually it does.

Curriculum Connection: I think that this book could be used in a lesson about making inferences. This picture book has very few words so through inferences, students can fill in the blanks that the author left out.

a) Since The Carrot Seed is a picture book, the stor
This picture book was first published in 1945 and it was easy to tell why it has withstood the test of time. It has all the attributes of a good board book. While the pictures and words are very simple, it is a good and, in the end, funny story. The unnamed boy plants some carrot seeds, but everyone in his family tells him that they will not grow. The boy is persistent in taking care of the seeds and his hard work pays off, big time.

The cover of this picture book may deter some children from rea
This story is about a little boy who planted a seed and his family told him that the seed will not grow. Although his family didn't think the seed would grow the little boy still watered the seed every day and waited patiently. This book teaches kids not to give up. Go with your gut feeling even if other people disagree with you. The pictures go well with the words on each page. This is a good story to read in a classroom because it teaches a good life lesson. While a teacher reads this to their ...more
The Carrot Seed was about a little boy who planted a carrot seed and no one believed it would sprout in the way he believed it would. After he takes proper care of it, he finds that he has proved everyone wrong. The book was very short, had a very simple plot. It didn't go into much detail about what was happening with the carrot but the illustrations really helped with the story line. The book size and length would be appropriate for an early reader. It believe it has a moral behind the story. ...more
A very simple book and great picture book. This story is a little boy who planted a carrot seed. He had naysayers who thought his plant would not grow and bring about a harvest. Through patience and perseverance he succeeded. He received his harvest. A big fat orange carrot. His reward.
He planted, watered, weed, and observed his plant as time went by. Through endurance he got his end result.

Learning Extension: Science Project
Once the book is read put the children in groups and have them to plant
Quintin Bostic
The Carrot Seed was an excellent book! I used this book in my classroom when discussing with children the developmental cycle of a plant. By using hands on lessons and fun filled activities, this is definitely a book that all children will remember.
Alexis Adelman
If you want something to happen, give it all you've got, and it will probably happen. In this book the little boy planted a carrot seed and just new it would grow. But his mom, dad, and even his brother told him it wasn't going to grow. But the little boy kept watering the seed and picking the weeds by it. One day the seed finally grew. It was the biggest carrot anyone had ever saw.

The author made this book easy to read for a young child and wrote it with a perfect flow for a child to understan
Sharon Worrell
I love the simplicity of the sentences and how the 2D pictures bleed out to the edge of each page. The pictures also show great unity with the text. The suspense from page to page of the carrot seed after being planted brings about an interesting ending with its peak of action at the end. The little boy in the story just trusted in his mind set or opinion or just had the feeling that something was going to happen! The artistic style of realism encourages us all that everything is not instant and ...more
Alyssa Frank
This classic picture book is about a boy who plants a carrot seed. His family has not hope in the plant and keeps telling the boy that it will not grow. But the young boy is persistent and waters and pulls the weeds surrounding the seeds everyday, however; it still does not grow. Although his family seems pessimistic the boy never gives up and one day it grew, boy did it grow, just as the little boy had hoped for.

Although the story has little text and images it is the message that is great. The
Gisele Tamara
Patience, motivation, and dedication are clearly evident in this book. The little boy in the story planted a carrot seed and everyone around him was telling him that it would not grow. The little boy decided to put aside what they were telling him and believed in himself. He waited patiently for the carrot to grow and it happened. The carrot grew.This book can be a wonderful way to show parents that they should not tell their children that something can't be done, especially if they are determin ...more
Taylor Ray
Summary: This story was about a little boy who planted a carrot seed and no one in his family believed that it would grow, but he continued to water it and take care of it. Without giving away the end of the story, I really couldn’t elaborate more.

Analysis: The book didn’t have a lot of detail, but had a good moral behind the story of never giving up on your dreams. The story was short and sweet and just enough to let the reader know basic information without it getting too complicated. Persona
Kathryn Brunk
I like this book very much for young children because of its length and repetition. I love the overall message of the book. The illustrations are older but classic to the book. I think this could be read several times throughout the year so the children will start to memorize and retell the story with the reader. This book could be used with life-cycle lesson, because it describes the life-cycle of a carrot, or for farming and gardening lessons.

Learning Experience- I think a wonderful lesson to
Natalie Pietro
Nico made me read this book to him three times in a row. He would have read it all night if I didn't make him go to bed. Great classic children's book.
Lauren Mulholland
"The Carrot Seed" is about a boy who plants a carrot seed. His mother, father, and brother tell him that they don't think anything will come up out of the seed. Every day, the boy keeps weeding and watering his seed. For a long time, nothing comes up, but one day, a carrot grows, and the boy brings it home, just as he knew it would. This book has a lot of verbal patterns that students can follow, such as "it won't come up." There is also a pattern of various speakers using dialogue in the story. ...more
Tayler Bingham
This is the neat story of a little young boy who decides to plant a carrot seed. Everyone tells him that the seed is never going to grow. And it doesn't. However, he continues to nourish it, and water it, and tend to it, and eventually that seed turns into the biggest carrot ever. The author does a great job at combining plain illustrations to depict the action, yet the text does little to actually support the text itself. However, he makes good use of the different character expressions inside. ...more
Tanya Bornstein
This is a cute but short book. It is easy for young children to read and understand. This book teaches that patience is a virtue. after reading children will be excited to go out and plant their very own carrot.

L.E: Explain to the children what patience is and why it is so important. Then go out to your garden section of the center in small groups and have each child plant their very own carrot seed. The children can watch it grow and grow until it is big enough to eat. After it is grown explain
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