Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Carrot Seed

The Carrot Seed
By Ruth Krauss; illustrated by Crockett Johnson
HarperFestival, 1993, c1973. Unpaged. Board book (also available as Easy Reader).

A little boy plants a carrot seed and waits, patiently and faithfully, for it to grow despite everyone's dour certainties that it won't surface. Illustrated by the well-known author of Harold and the Purple Crayon, the picture have a warm, friendly feel. There is a hint of cheekiness to the ending, saving the story from being too sweet, and making it all the more delightful to children. This story well illustrates the value of sticking with your plans and how far faith and patience can take you.

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