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The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

The Tiny Seed (1987)

by Eric Carle

Other authors: Gabriela Keselman Porter (Translator)

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It is autumn and the seeds are off on their adventure to create new plants. Eric Carle tells of the seeds that will grow and the ones that will not.


This children's book, with its colorful collages draw readers into the story of seeds that are on their journey to grow into new plants. This is a great book for children to understand nature and how some seeds grow while others do not. Through this book children can begin to learn about how plants grow, and the dangers plants face.

I think this book could provide children valuable lessons on respecting nature, while they learn about the life cycle of plants. And even more important, children can learn perseverance as the seeds are able to make it through the harsh winter to sprout in spring.

The Tiny Seed
Author: Eric Carle
Illustrator: Eric Carle
Copyright 1987
Aladdin Paperbacks

This picture book is suitable for grades Pre-K - 2.
Genre: Nature - Fiction ( )
  treed9 | Mar 28, 2019 |
I enjoyed reading this book to my students. I felt as though it kept there attentions and they kept wondering if the little seed would survive all the different obstacles. I think that the book gave a good overview on seed dispersal and the overall life cycle of a plant. I also really liked the illustrators use of color throughout the book and thought the images really reflected the text. ( )
  rabertucci | Sep 2, 2018 |
This is one of my favorite authors and books by him! This book goes over the life cycle of plants from the seed to the flower growing big and tall. This would be a great book to read for a read aloud to the class or during a unit. The illustrations showcase the life cycle of the plant really well which will help the students follow along and understand the process. ( )
  SabraR | Sep 2, 2018 |
Genre: informational
I would recommend this book to a first or second grade classrooms. I would recommend it for second grade class using this book to learn about science lesson. It covers so many science standards that relate to the environment and plants. The book’s main theme is the life cycle of a flower seed.
It starts out in Autumn and the seeds fly off with the wind. But there is only tiny seed that cannot keep up with others. Some of the seeds are lost. One gets burned up in the sun, another drowns in the ocean, and another one gets stuck on a mountain. Then the season changes to winter and the seeds settle in the earth. But one of seeds get eaten by a bird. But the bird does not see the tiny seed. A mouse eats another seed. Now it is Spring, and the seeds begin to sprout, but the tiny seed does not start growing yet. But soon he starts to grow, and a child that is outside playing breaks one of the plants and it cannot grow anymore. Another flower gets picked by a boy to give to a girl. But the tiny seed is still growing. Soon it becomes summer and the tiny seed has turned into the biggest flower and everyone enjoys him all summer long. ( )
  LUOLINLIN | Apr 20, 2018 |
This book follows a seed from its starting point through various places until it lands on ground. As time progresses, the seed survives the winter and at last rain falls and sunlight comes out which helps it to grow. A flower springs forth and then all the seasons follow with the petals falling and then the entire cycle restarts. ( )
  encarter | Apr 9, 2018 |
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When the tiny seed is blown away from its parent plant, it travels a very long way - over seas, deserts and mountains. The tiny seed survives the hazards of the journey and finally falls onto fertile earth. It grows and grows, becoming the tallest, biggest flower for miles around. Then one day the wind blows and thousands of the flower's seeds begin their own journeys.

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A simple description of a flowering plant's life cycle through the seasons. Dazzlingly colorful collage illustrations and a simple but dramatic text tell the fascinating story of the life cycle of a flower in terms of the adventures of a tiny seed. Young readers will cheer at the happy outcome of this exciting tale. And they will long remember the heartening message of the tiny seed's steadfast perseverance in the face of many hazards and obstacles until its final joyful success.… (more)

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