The Tiny Seed

The Tiny Seed

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...

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Title:The Tiny Seed
Author:Eric Carle
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Edition Language:English

The Tiny Seed Reviews

  • Kerri

    It's a cute book about the cycle of a flower, but more importantly about how a child might be small and behind in the beginning, can truly thrive if he keeps on going and trying.

  • Kate Hoglund

    The illustrations in the book are perfect and leading. They add to the text and create a place for better understanding. I also really enjoyed the story which went along with it. A story about seasons and seeds and their growth. Seeds movement throughout the earth and around the world. It is a very good cool read.

  • Lisa

    When powerful grown-ups act like there is no tomorrow, educating the next generation about the fragility of our nature and environment becomes a crucial mission.

    Once upon a time, when I spent my days in a library full of books and children, and planned my lessons to open their hearts and minds to the natural miracles of our planet, I usually picked this classic by Eric Carle to read to first grade at some point. It is a straightforward story about the adventurous journey of millions of seeds who

    When powerful grown-ups act like there is no tomorrow, educating the next generation about the fragility of our nature and environment becomes a crucial mission.

    Once upon a time, when I spent my days in a library full of books and children, and planned my lessons to open their hearts and minds to the natural miracles of our planet, I usually picked this classic by Eric Carle to read to first grade at some point. It is a straightforward story about the adventurous journey of millions of seeds who leave a plant and then meet different fates. Some are stuck at the top of mountains, - and can't grow, some are lost in water or in a desert, - and can't grow, some are eaten by birds, - and can't grow.

    It is a dramatic story of loss, until finally one tiny seed makes it into fertile ground and starts growing. It turns into a new plant, and the circle of life can begin again, with seeds flying, and getting lost, until ...

    Students used to love the fact that the book can be started again from the beginning when the last page is reached, mirroring the eternal circle of vegetation.

    One year, I happened to read Dr Seuss' The Lorax during the same session, without any specific intention, probably to celebrate Earth Day or for some other "pedagogical" reason. The effect was astounding. The Lorax is not concerned with the natural life of plants, and their traditional development. It is an environmental warning, showing the exploitation and industrialization of the world, and their negative consequences for many species.

    The dramatic climax in this story is quite different from Eric Carle's survival message.

    The fantasy world of the Lorax and his trees is destroyed by pollution, and there is only ONE SINGLE SEED left:

    “Catch! calls the Once-ler.

    He lets something fall.

    It's a Truffula Seed.

    It's the last one of all!

    You're in charge of the last of the Truffula Seeds.

    And Truffula Trees are what everyone needs.

    Plant a new Truffula. Treat it with care.

    Give it clean water. And feed it fresh air.

    Grow a forest. Protect it from axes that hack.

    Then the Lorax

    and all of his friends

    may come back.”

    At this point, my students sat upright on the carpet, listening with unusual attention. One boy yelled out what they all thought, having just followed Eric Carle's seed in its struggle to find fertile soil to grow:

    "ONLY ONE SEED LEFT! AND YOU KNOW WHAT DANGERS ARE AHEAD BEFORE IT CAN GROW!"

    As educational moments go, that was amazing. My young students were more caring and compassionate than the leaders of the world.

    Or maybe just protective of the claims they have on our planet? After all, we are just borrowing it from future generations, right?

    Highly recommended to families and schools anywhere!

  • Aidan Tracey

    This "children's" book is about a flower seed. The seed is planted among other seeds, and during flowerhood it has to watch all of its friends get brutally ripped out of the ground, trampled, burnt alive, drowned, killed on impact, or eaten by birds or mice. Soon all the flowers are murdered and the Tiny Seed is the last one. Not to give away any spoilers or anything, but the Tiny Seed becomes the greatest biggest flower ever. Anyway, this book deals with the harsh life cycle of the Tiny Seed an

    This "children's" book is about a flower seed. The seed is planted among other seeds, and during flowerhood it has to watch all of its friends get brutally ripped out of the ground, trampled, burnt alive, drowned, killed on impact, or eaten by birds or mice. Soon all the flowers are murdered and the Tiny Seed is the last one. Not to give away any spoilers or anything, but the Tiny Seed becomes the greatest biggest flower ever. Anyway, this book deals with the harsh life cycle of the Tiny Seed and his friends. Rated it 5 stars and would not recommend for children under 13, as it deals with the gruesome life of garden flowers and there is a lot of death and destruction. The tragic tail of the Tiny Seed should be told around the globe, as it teaches about the hostile environment a seed will go through in order to become a flower.

  • Claire

    The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

    A simple story by the author Eric Carle about the life cycle of a tiny seed. He starts the story in autumn with the journey of the seeds which have just been dispersed into the wind . He focuses on the life of the smallest seed of them all. The story continues on each page with what happens throughout the year as each seeds looks for the perfect place to land before spring. He contrasts how the bigger seeds don’t survive as they went too near the sun, or get stuck on a

    The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

    A simple story by the author Eric Carle about the life cycle of a tiny seed. He starts the story in autumn with the journey of the seeds which have just been dispersed into the wind . He focuses on the life of the smallest seed of them all. The story continues on each page with what happens throughout the year as each seeds looks for the perfect place to land before spring. He contrasts how the bigger seeds don’t survive as they went too near the sun, or get stuck on a cold icy mountain. The tiny seed perseveres flying slower than the rest but still moving nonetheless. Some seeds fall in the water, fall onto desert and get eaten by birds. The cycle moves to winter where the seeds journey slows down and by spring they are ready to become plants. However, the tiny seed hasn't begun to grow yet due to his size but eventually does! By the time summer comes around the only remaining seed is in the garden all alone but it is now no longer a small seed and it has become a plant. The plant flourishes into the tallest plant anyone has ever seen. The cyclical cycle continues and just as the beginning of the story was the plant dispersing seed the same occurs again.

    This is a great book to read to a class, it would firstly keep them enthused from the start. It teaches a strong lesson that just because something is small is does not mean it is weak; The little seed persevered and became a giant flower. From a science perspective it is perfect to show the life cycle in nature. A lesson could comprise of asking students about the seasons and what order they are in. Picking parts of the story and asking them to relate it to what season, or what happens next in the growth of the seed. I would feel this book is for a group reading as the illustrations by Eric Carle are extremely good and make the book bulkier. They would keep children guessing what the next page would bring.

    Overall I would very much approve this book for the age group of 5-7 and it portrays a never give up attitude which is important for children to understand.

  • Sharmin Ahmed

    ‘The Tiny Seed’ is a great book to read to young children aged 4-6. You can start a series of Science lessons by going through the book as a class first, which also ties in cross curricular with Literacy. The short story by Eric Carle contains lots of facts regarding the life cycle of a plant. Children can visually see the growth of a seed, through the brilliantly, colourful illustrations which they can enjoy and appreciate, as it balances out the informative text.

    The children can follow the ste

    ‘The Tiny Seed’ is a great book to read to young children aged 4-6. You can start a series of Science lessons by going through the book as a class first, which also ties in cross curricular with Literacy. The short story by Eric Carle contains lots of facts regarding the life cycle of a plant. Children can visually see the growth of a seed, through the brilliantly, colourful illustrations which they can enjoy and appreciate, as it balances out the informative text.

    The children can follow the steps of the cycle throughout the book as Carle creatively includes the four seasons; Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. There are questions which can create interaction amongst the children, in pairs, groups or in teacher led activities. Excellent repetition is included to create meaning for the children’s learning, and it also allows children to join in the reading as they can anticipate what comes next.

    The teacher can elicit what is happening due to the fantastic graphics thus it is not only a case of the teacher speaking. It is a very educational book as opposed to the usual fictional children’s books. You can incorporate counting for the really young children; when the leaves begin growing and the slightly older children can begin identifying the features of a plant during each season!

  • Stacy

    My granddaughter was rooting for the tiny seed. Good book for helping illustrate the life cycle of a plant.

  • Rebecca McNutt

    How depressing can you get? This book was horribly sad at even the best of times, but in its defense, it's an impressive portrayal of life, death and renewal, and the illustrations are beautiful.

  • Calista

    The life cycle of a seed and a flower is the subject for this flower. It is also a study in hope and to keep going even and not be discouraged by the things that don't go the way they think they should.

    I love the colors Eric Carle uses. This is a fun book.

    My nephew read this with me. He seemed engaged.

  • MaryM

    No ... despite all the good ratings I don't like this book at all. A seed on fire because it got burnt by the sun's rays? What?

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