The Carrot Seed: 75th Anniversary (Rise and Shine)

by Ruth Krauss

Other authorsCrockett Johnson (Illustrator)
Paperback, 2020



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HarperCollins (2004), Edition: 60th Anniversary ed., 32 pages


Despite everyone's dire predictions, a little boy has faith in the carrot seed he plants.

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LibraryThing member GWES.Second
Despite everyone's dire predictions, a little boy has faith in the carrot seed he plants.
LibraryThing member librisissimo
A favorite of my children, celebrating persistence and self-confidence. Banned by some libraries as exemplifying rebellion against authority.
LibraryThing member allawishus
A moderately enjoyable quick read - has a limited color palatte, unfortunately. Also my copy is small format; it wouldn't be good for storytimes because of this.

Seems almost more like a morality tale for grownups, though. It's weird to me what came to be considered "classic" back in the day.
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Anyway, this one sort of made me wonder - is it about how children can do anything and don't need your (well meant?) cautionary advice? Or is it about the power of a child's imagination to spring anything to life?

Also, why would the parents think the carrot wouldn't grow? He watered it and seemed to have gardening basics down? I'm too literal for this story.
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LibraryThing member archerje
A little boy plants a carrot seed and waits patiently, tending to it carefully, while everyone around him insists that 'it won't come up.' His conviction is steadfast, however, and sure enough, a carrot worthy of first prize at any state fair springs forth from the earth. While the little boy is
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rendered with uncomplicated lines, all of his hope, confidence, and serenity shine through. The image that resonates most strongly in this minimalist tale is the unfaltering faith of the mild-mannered little boy. Young readers learn that standing your ground in the face of opposition and doubt can often result in twice the reward expected (even thrice the reward, if judging by the girth of this carrot).
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LibraryThing member PatriciaJN
An astute mother told me that the simple line drawings of this book held her toddler's attention much longer than the multi-colored pictures of other books for toddlers. Her words were: "....she studied the pictures, where as the other books she would quickly look away."
LibraryThing member tiger.rose
Read this one with Uncle Tim. He's a pretty good reader too.
LibraryThing member lisablythe
The Carrot Seed is a picture book with few words, but a powerful message. The story begins with a little boy planting a carrot seed. Both of his parents tell him that they are afraid the seed won't come up. His big brother declares that it won't come up. The little boy says nothing, but cares for
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the seed by watering it and clearing weeds out. When the seed doesn't come up, he continues to care for it and eventually it does come up which doesn't surprise this little boy.

This story reminds me of the small and sometimes not so small challenges of growing up. I remember encounters with new concepts in and out of school. Whenever I believed that I could accomplish something, it was always easier to stick with it and see the positive results of my determination.

For a classroom extension, I would have the children plant seeds of their own to take care of in class. I would also tell them about an art assignment that I wasn't sure I could do when I was a child. I would relate that when I made my mind up that I could do it, ideas starting coming to me that made the project so much easier.
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LibraryThing member mrindt
Everyone is certain it won't grow, but a little boy remains confident in his carrot seed's potential. Watch as he carefully plants, tends to, and eventually harvests a carrot whose size is in direct proportion to his unflappable faith in it. Two- and four-color illustrations.
LibraryThing member Rita6
“The Carrot Seed” book is one of the beginner books that I remember reading when I was a child. This book is a very easy picture book, which is very similar to “Pumpkin Pumpkin” by Jeanne Titherington.
LibraryThing member mmontet
A boy plants a carrot seed, and although everyone else tells him it won't grow, he doesn't give up on the thought that it will grow. This book teaches to follow what you believe in, even if others try to convince you otherwise.
LibraryThing member jmvarnad
The Carrot Seed is really a cute book. The little boy is determined to grow his carrot seed, but everyone said it will not grow. In the end the little boy is successful at growing a LARGE carrot. I would use this book to teach my students about determination.
LibraryThing member JaimeScheidler
A little boy plants some seeds and watches what will happen.
LibraryThing member emerloflores13
A boy plants a seed and no one believes it will come up. Undaunted the boy pulls the weeds and waters the seed every day.. This story is about perseverance in the face of opposition and believing that something good is going to happen even if everyone around you doubts. Might be a fun story to tie
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in with a Spring Science growing unit. Why not have everyone grow carrots. Then when the kinds start to doubt if the seeds will EVER come up - you can pull this story out of your hat! I loved it.
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LibraryThing member asweet2
A simple, powerful story of a boy who works hard to grow a carrot when all other doubt him. I like the idea of patience and hard work winning the day despite others saying it won't work. I would use this book as a mentor text to highlight repetition. Multiple people tell the little boy "I'm afraid
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it won't come up" and he continues to "pull the weeds and sprinkle the ground with water."
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LibraryThing member emtimmins
Whatever your age, this book makes you feel great!
LibraryThing member Madison_DeWeerdt
This book would really help teach kids the importance of believing in themselves and also to never give up.
LibraryThing member villemezbrown
A little boy plants a carrot seed and gathers evidence against his skeptical and toxic family that I hope he one day uses in an emancipation of minor legal filing. What a repetitive and depressing book.


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