The Carrot Seed: Ruth Krauss

The Carrot Seed

Author: Ruth Krauss
Illustrator: Crockett Johnson
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Year: 1945
Brief Summary: A little boy plants a carrot seed and waits for it to sprout with patience and faith.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Books to Read Aloud to Children of All Ages, 2003 ; Bank Street College of Education
Children’s Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson
Children’s Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson
Growing Good Kids-Excellence in Children’s Literature Awards, 2005 ; Junior Master Gardener Program/American Horticulture Society ; Classic
Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 ; California Department of Education

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Science: Discuss root vegetables…why did nothing come “up”?  What other root vegetables do you know?
  • Let children plant carrot seeds in a cup to take home and replant into their garden

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc. 

  • Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library

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