The Tiny Seed

The Tiny Seed

by Eric Carle

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Overview

In autumn, a strong wind blows flower seeds high in the air and carries them far across the land. One by one, many of the seeds are lost — burned by the sun, fallen into the ocean, eaten by a bird. But some survive the long winter and, come spring, sprout into plants, facing new dangers — trampled by playing children, picked as a gift for a friend. Soon only the tiniest seed remains, growing into a giant flower and, when autumn returns, sending its own seeds into the wind to start the process over again.
Eric Carle's eloquent text and brilliant collages turn the simple life cycle of a plant into an exciting story, a nature lesson, and an inspiring message of the importance of perseverance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689842443
Publisher: Aladdin
Publication date: 04/01/2001
Series: World of Eric Carle Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 25,670
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 11.25(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Eric Carle is an internationally bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator of more than seventy books for very young children, including The Tiny Seed, Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, and his most well-known title, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Born in Syracuse, New York, Eric Carle moved to Germany with his parents when he was six years old. He studied at the prestigious art school, the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, in Stuttgart, before returning to the United States, where he worked as a graphic designer for The New York Times and later as art director for an advertising agency. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, now considered a modern classic, has sold nearly fifty million copies and has been translated into sixty-five languages. With his late wife, Barbara, Eric Carle cofounded The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts in 2002. Eric Carle lives in the Florida Keys.

Hometown:

Northampton, Massachusetts and the Berkshires

Date of Birth:

June 25, 1929

Place of Birth:

Syracuse, New York

Education:

Akademie der bildenden Künste, Stuttgart, 1946-50

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Tiny Seed 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
rmthoma2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like how simple the book is. I don¿t see it being used in a secondary setting but it¿s nicely written. The book talks about a seeds life through the seasons. It starts off in autumn with lots of seeds. It also talks about the growth of the seed into a flower .As the book changes season again it tells how the flower releases seeds to start the process all over again. I don¿t see this book being used in any type of lesson .
abruser on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"The Tiny Seed" by Eric Carle is a fun and easy book for all ages. The story follows where the tiny seeds go from season to season across a lot of land. Sometimes the seed does not germinate, other times the seed germinates but the plant dies. Eventually a seed sews and grows into a giant flower and everyone admires it. The flower eventually dies and the seeds are dispersed once again. The story teaches the basics of botany and plant science.
WilliamBarnes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a cute book that is very easy to read that follows the life of a seed as it floats through the sky avoiding different obstacles along the way. The book shows many of the different dangers that a seed must get through in order to become a flower. this book would be good to introduce plants and the life cycle of plants as well as helping the kids understand why a seed might not ever become a plant.
racheich on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
growing, flowers, seed, nature, plants, science, life cycle, picture book
smaashthemac on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Eric Carle is a timeless children's book author who I remember enjoying as a child, though I hadn't read this book yet. It tells the story of a tiny seed and it's journey growing into a flower, then showed how the process repeats. But the illustrations are what really grab the attention. His style is easily recognizable - layers of paint that resemble paper collage and paint splatters - it's very fun.
meotoole on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great book to use with a unit on plants for Earth Day!
MelAKnee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A seed can travel through the air and land far away from where it was formed. This tiny seed goes through all the seasons and around the Earth. It survives birds, the sun, and the ocean. The seed amazes the people of the town where it lands to grow bigger than all the other flowers around it. Then, as is supposed to happen, a gust of wind opens the seed pod and the process starts over again. This book has beautiful illustrations and is good for a science lecture on seasons and basic plant life.
ermilligan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is poetic, yet it has simple text and great collage pictures. The picture dramatize the life cycle of all plants, as one tiny seed grown into an enormous sunflower.
ahernandez91 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is one of a tiny seed and it's journey to becoming a big, beautiful flower. It can be used in the classroom for teaching the plant cycle and their relationship with seasons. Digging deeper, I realized that each and every person can connect with the seed because everyone goes through and sees different obstacles which helps them grow into a bigger and better person. I really enjoyed the lessons taught in this book and absolutely love how Carle used a flower to teach a variety of lessons. The illustrations are colorful and bright, further keeping the reader's attention.
renee.sutter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great informational book about how seeds grow and what they need to survive and what thing could harm them. As always with Eric Carle the illustrations support the text so well. This would be a great book to use in a lesson on how plants grow. In kinder I might have them draw a plant and the main parts. I might also have them draw the stages.
mickmyster13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Love this book! I read it twice duing a plant unit to kindergarteners. We read it and then we drew a picture of our favorite plant and wrote about what it needs to grow. Some students wrote that the seed shouldn't catch on fire from the sun. I remember one girl was shocked that a seed could drown, she just thought that was the strangest thing. I figure if I could read this book twice with in two weeks and have 100% engagment with kindergarteners, then it must be a good book. Not only good, but educational.
cgammerman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Everything about this book is great and 4th and 5th graders would really appreciate the concept of the life of the seed to the flower. This would be a great book to use during the unit about how things in the environment grow and all that can happen to them along the way. I love Eric Carle's writing style and the pictures are amazing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a cheap version of the original book. Not impressive in the slightest.
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Tippytin More than 1 year ago
Eric Carle captures the growth of a seed perfectly through his words and illustrations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Eric Carle's books and it has helped my daughter learn to read
Guest More than 1 year ago
My seven-year-old son is always planting and transplanting trees, flowers and other plants, and he loves this book which shows him how a plant goes thru changes throughout the seasons.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I use this book when I'm doing Jack and the Beanstalk to teach about the cycle of a seed. The kids love it and so do I!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was one of the first books I read as a child, and it is amazing. I use it in my volunteer work at elementary schools, and all the kids really get into the story. Great pictures.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good book because it has good pictures. The illustrator used alot of color and interesting art techniques. Plus this book has a lot of information to teach you about seeds and plants. But I'm still scared of flowers with bees on them.