The Carrot Seed, by Ruth Krauss is so charming in its simplicity. It is almost void of that syrupy didactic tone that too many toddler/preschool (adult!) books tend to come with these days, and offers a little story that can be appreciated by just about anyone.
Plus! I love the design of this book. I am a sucker for retro images and font, and this one just tickles my fancy too much not to read over and over again.
We have been doing a lot of gardening the last few weeks – both indoor and out, so this book was a great little addition to the themes of spring, growth, earth and growing your own food.
We read through the book a couple of times before acting it out with our playgarden. The playgarden was super easy to put together: a little ‘raised bed’ (an old Melissa and Doug storage box), some of NutureStore’s playdough, some black beans, some plastic grass, some wooden carrot buttons and our imaginations!
Aodhan pressed in the ‘grass’, made rows for the seeds and then planted them of course. While he was doing this I read through the first bit of the book, and then he acted out the role of the boy by watering and pulling the weeds around his seeds. Then he placed the carrots in and we finished the read through. Fun!
Next we lined up our carrots from smallest to greatest – a little maths fun.
Finally, I made a giant S and a giant C and he shaped them with his playdough.
I heart this little book and could easily read it over again, and again.
I am sharing this post with Toddler Approved’s Virtual Book Club’s The Carrot Seed Blog Hop!
Grab The Carrot Seed, have some fun and link up!