The Tiny Seed

The Tiny Seed

Book - 2015
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A simple description of a flowering plant's life cycle through the seasons.
Publisher: New York :, Simon Spotlight,, 2015
Edition: First Simon spotlight ready-to-read edition
Copyright Date: ©1987
ISBN: 9781481435765
1481435760
9781481435758
1481435752
Characteristics: 24 un-numbered pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm

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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.

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mmcbeth29
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

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miss_kris
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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mmcbeth29
Jul 06, 2016

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

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