The Tiny Seed

The Tiny Seed

Book - 1987
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"Dazzlingly colorful collage illustrations and a simple but dramatic text tell the fascinating story of the life cycle of a flower in terms of the adventures of a tiny seed. Carried aloft by the autumn wind, the tiny seed, along with other bigger seeds, travels far over the world. the journey is perilous: one of the bigger seeds is burned by the sun; another falls into the ocean; still another is eaten by a bird. Even after those that are left have landed on fertile ground and begun to grow, danger is near: one small plant is stepped on; one little flower is picked; but the tiny seed keeps growing almost unnoticed. Young readers will cheer at the happy outcome of this exciting tale. And they will long remember the heartening message of the tiny seed's steadfast perserverance in the face of many hazards and obstacles until its final joyful success."--Online description.
Publisher: Natick, MA : Simon & Schuster, c1987.
ISBN: 9780887080159
Call Number: 582 CARLE
Characteristics: [32] p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm
Subjects: Seeds -- Dispersal -- Juvenile literature.
Plants -- Juvenile literature.


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FindingJane Nov 21, 2016

This children’s story illustrates the unlikelihood of a seed actually sprouting once it’s released from its parent plant. Much like turtles hatching from eggs on the beach, the chances that all of them will get to their destination intact and able to release the next generation are impossible; it’s a wonder of nature that any of them make it at all. Far from being an aid, nature is very much against survival—only the luckiest or hardiest survive.

This deeper lesson lies deceptively under a short tale filled with Eric Carle’s signature colorful collages and simple text, making it an enjoyable story to be read aloud to young children.

Jul 06, 2016

SUMMARY: A tiny seed, smaller than the others, makes a very long journey until it can grow into something amazing.

ILLUSTRATIONS: Eric Carle's style is simple, yet rich with color and story.

REVIEW: It is important to note this is NOT the classic original of The Tiny Seed. This is a slightly revised version that is in a level 2 reader format. One of the things I love about the words in this book is that is does not feel as if they were "dumbed" down to make reading overly simple. It feels more like the reader has to reach up and grow, just like the seed in the story. And this story is rich with meaning. The smallest seed may take longer to accomplish its journey and to grow, but what it becomes is far more magnificent. The book is also a page turner. I couldn't wait to turn the page and to follow the seed to the next step.

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Advertised for grades K-2. It would also be appropriate for grade 3 depending on child's reading level.

green_bear_966 Jun 05, 2014

A little too long

Mar 01, 2011

I was dismayed when I read this book -- it follows a bunch of seeds, some of which don't make it. Unfortunately, the seeds are personified and so are their fates: one drowns in the water, another dies when it gets stepped on. It actually says "dies" and "drowns".

Some kids will not be bothered by this, but some sensitive little souls may be quite disturbed. I was not quite ready to explain "drowning" to my toddler.


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Jul 06, 2016

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 8


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