The Carrot Seed

The Carrot Seed : 75th Anniversary

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A little boy plants a carrot seed. His mother says, "I'm afraid it won't come up." His father and his big brother agree. At first, it seems they're right. But the little boy knows better. So every day, he pulls up weeds and waters the ground. Until, one day, just as the little boy knew it would, something very special happens.
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Product details

  • 6-8
  • Paperback | 25 pages
  • 150 x 210 x 1mm | 65g
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 60th Anniversary ed.
  • colour and b&w illustrations
  • 0064432106
  • 9780064432108
  • 22,750

Back cover copy

When a little boy plants a carrot seed, everyone tells him it won't grow. But when you are very young, there are some things that you just know, and the little boy knows that one day a carrot will come up. So he waters his seed, and pulls the weeds, and he waits ...

First published in 1945 and never out of print, this timeless combination of Ruth Krauss's simple text and Crockett Johnson's eloquent illustrations creates a triumphant and deeply satisfying story for readers of all ages.
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Review quote

"In this cunningly paced fable about patience and standing one's ground, a little boy plants a carrot seed, weeds and waters the spot, and waits for something to happen. A parade of nay-sayers drop by to tell the boy, 'I'm afraid it won't come up.' The big moment is a stupendous surprise...the little hero's homegrown triumph." -- "Parenting"
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Rating details

13,611 ratings
4.07 out of 5 stars
5 43% (5,837)
4 29% (3,894)
3 22% (3,031)
2 5% (697)
1 1% (152)

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This book is on booklists of recommended books for pre-schoolers, but I can't see why - with the carrot growing rediculously large at the end - it spoilt the more
by Esther Allen
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