another great book for autumn

September 21, 2009

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

Eric Carle needs no endorsement--of course this is a beautiful, wonderful, imaginative book. He wrote it, didn't he?

But it is worth mentioning that Juliet requested this book over and over again this week. You know it is good when your two year old demands that you read it EVERY time you sit down. 

I'm trying to figure out exactly what it is about this particular book that she loves so much. First, I think it is the artwork on every page--it's bright, colorful and engaging. 

Second, I think she likes how the story is about the smallest seed. She probably relates to it as she is the smallest one in our family. Whenever she has three of any object (grapes, rocks, stuffed animals), she likes to call the two larger ones "mommy" and "daddy" and the smallest one is always "Juliet". 

The book begins this way, "It is Autumn. A strong wind is blowing. It blows flower seeds high in the air and carries them far across the land. One of the seeds is tiny, smaller than any of the others. Will it be able to keep up with the others? And where are they all going? 

I also think she likes how the text poses a question to her--it asks her to wonder to think about all the possibilities of where these seeds could be going. The seeds travel far...one gets burned up by the sun, one lands on a mountain where the ice never melts, one falls into the ocean and drowns. 

But through it all, the little seed makes it to a nice patch of earth and settles in for the winter. Spring comes and the seed begins to grow. More obstacles come and kill off the other plants growing nearby--a weed chokes out one, another gets stepped on, another is picked. 

But again, the little seed/plant survives. Summer comes and the plant keeps growing and growing. It is taller than the house--it is a giant flower--bigger than anyone has ever seen! The birds, bees, and butterflies enjoy the flower all summer long until autumn returns and the petals fall to the ground. 

The wind blows again and takes the seeds away once again. 

Activity Idea
We have quite a few seed pods in our fall garden right now. Juliet loves to pick the pods off our lilies and hibiscus plants and shake out the seeds onto the ground. 

If it is fall, go outside and try to find some seed pods your child can explore. Break some open and scatter them around or maybe take the time to plant them in your yard and see if they will grow in the spring. 

Other Books by Eric Carle that we love
Dream Snow
Have You Seen My Cat?
The Grouchy Lady Bug
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Panda Bear, Panda Bear What Do You See?

For Baby
Eric Carle's Opposites


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